Spy Camera Epidemic in Korea: A Situational Analysis

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Published: 2019-10-09

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Birru Dereje Teshome *

The Academy of Korean Studies, South Korea.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


This paper is aimed at assessing the problem of the spy camera epidemic in Korea. The paper used data and periodic reports from the Korean National Police Agency, the Korean Women Lawyers Association, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, and other concerned organizations. As findings showed, between 2013 to 2017 there have been over 6,000 spycam cases each year, and more than 90 percent of the victims were women; on the contrary, the majority of the perpetrators were men. The perpetrators used public spaces like subway stations, buses, taxis, banks, swimming pools, supermarkets, and even bookstores; spy cams were also installed in private places like hotels, motels, guesthouses, and private houses. Consequently, on May 19, 2018, around 20,000 women went out to the street to protest against spy camera, and more than 200,000 women signed a petition on the ban of a spy cam. As a result, the government employed 50 workers and planned to employ around 8,000 additional workers to check for cameras over 20,000 public toilets. However, in fact, decreased, a spy camera crime is still a pressing issue in Korea.

Keywords: Spy camera, gender inequality, pornography, blackmailing, procedural and corrective justice.

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Teshome, B. D. (2019). Spy Camera Epidemic in Korea: A Situational Analysis. Asian Journal of Sociological Research, 2(1), 1–13. Retrieved from https://globalpresshub.com/index.php/AJSR/article/view/782


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