China News Agency, Seoul, March 25 (Reporter Zeng Jun) South Korea's "N-room" cyber crime case has caused an uproar. On the 25th, the South Korean police disclosed the information of a major suspect to the society. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and South Korean Police Chief Min Ka-long demanded a thorough investigation, and public opinion called for severe punishment.
Cybercrime in Room N provokes outrage
South Korean media exposed a series of cyber crimes, collectively referred to as the "room N" case. In the encrypted paid group on the instant messaging platform Telegram, someone built different "rooms" (that is, different chat groups) to share indecent photos. The platform can set up private chat, delete information after reading regularly, etc., and support virtual currency transactions.
The "room N" is operated by multiple persons, and the person who most attracted attention was the nicknamed "Doctor". Since last year, he has uploaded a large number of photos of suspected sexual crimes and blackmailed the victims. Many pictures are suspected of rape and abuse of women, the pictures are unsightly, and the means are extremely cruel. According to a South Korean police investigation, there were more than 70 victims in "House N", including 16 minors.
The case provoked anger. A large number of people have issued a number of petitions on the platform of the South Korean Presidential Palace's Blue House. The petition for a thorough investigation has been supported by more than 2.5 million people, setting the highest number of petitions in Korea. Many celebrities have also supported the victims and asked for the suspect's information to be disclosed.
On the 25th, under the pressure of public opinion, the South Korean police publicly disclosed the identity of the suspect nicknamed "Doctor", a 24-year-old college graduate named Zhao Zhubin.
The Seoul Local Police Agency said that in light of the large number of victims in this case, the crimes were bad, and public interest was taken into consideration, the information was disclosed. Zhao Zhubin became South Korea's first suspect to have been publicly disclosed for a sexual crime.
On the same day, Zhao Zhubin was transferred to the prosecutor for review and prosecution. He claims to thank the victim. According to police, more than 120 people have been followed up and more than 10 people have been detained and arrested, but several major operators have still not been arrested.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in demanded a thorough investigation of the people involved and severe punishment. He said the government would delete the videos involved and provide assistance to victims.
South Korean Police Chief Min Ka-long said on the evening of the 24th that he "has great responsibility for this case" and will use all means to pursue the arrest.
Sex crimes repeatedly banned, public opinion calls for increased punishment
Sexual violence in Korea is rampant. Over the years, public opinion has paid close attention to the suicide case of South Korean actress Zhang Ziyan, and the media has revealed that her testament is suspected of being sexually assaulted all year round. Last year, many artists including former member of the well-known Korean men's group BIGBANG Seungri (real name Lee Seung-hyun), singer Jung Jun-ying and others were involved in the alleged transmission of indecent video incidents. The "House N" incident has even stirred up public opinion's call for "severe punishment for sexual violence." Analysis points out that the "room N" is just the tip of the iceberg of South Korean sex crimes.
According to South Korean regulations, those who hold indecent videos of minors are sentenced to imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of up to 20 million won. "Korean National Daily" stated that the tepid punishment and tolerance for cyber crimes caused social distortions.
Representative of Ren Democracy in the House of Common Democrats said that in order to prevent the recurrence of "House N", three laws will be passed in Congress. According to reports, it mainly includes criminal penalties for threatening the use of indecent videos; increased penalties for downloading or copying illegal images; and punishment of information service providers who find illegal images without taking measures.
South Korean police said at least 10,000 registrants of "rooms" operated by Zhao Zhubin alone. According to Korean media reports, the "room N" involves more than 60 group chat groups, with an estimated total of 260,000 members.
Seo Seung-hee, head of the Korean Non-Governmental Organization's Cyber Sexual Violence Response Center, believes that there is a "watching" culture and that there are always people willing to buy such illegal videos and punish all participants.
South Korean women's family minister, Lee Jung-woo, called on the public to stop transmitting videos and not to cause secondary harm to victims. She said everyone should be vigilant and stop crimes, and anyone could be a victim. (Finish)