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Singer Jung Joon-young is seen arriving at a police station on March 14, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

'Horrifying behavior'

K-pop stars’ secret sex films reflect shocking rise of hidden-camera porn in Korea

By WITW Staff on March 14, 2019

South Korea’s escalating problem with hidden-camera porn has burst into full public view after three high-profile K-pop stars quit their bands amid allegations that they viewed secretly filmed sex videos.

Yong Jun-hyung, 29, a member of the popular boy band Highlight, announced that he was leaving the group on Thursday after admitting to receiving a sex video that a fellow entertainer recorded without the woman’s consent. Not only did he view the video, he said, he also participated in “inappropriate conversations” about it with other celebrities in a shared chat group.

“All these behaviors were extremely unethical, and I was stupid,” he wrote on Instagram.

Singer-songwriter and TV personality Jung Joon-young, 30, also announced that he was quitting the entertainment industry this week after confessing to using hidden cameras to film himself having sex with them and sharing the videos with the chat group. And another musician who allegedly viewed Jung’s videos, Bigbang member Seungri, quit his group on Monday after being accused of buying prostitutes for potential business partners. All three pop stars are facing police investigations.

An association of female lawyers pointed to the scandal as evidence of the widespread sexual objectification of women in South Korea. In particular, they noted, such attitudes have contributed to a shocking rise in the filming of hidden-camera porn, known as molka. In 2010, there were 1,100 molka arrests in South Korea — by 2014, the number of such arrests had shot up to more than 6,600.

“These recurring outbursts of gender-related crimes can no longer be attributed to ethical lapses of a few select individuals,” wrote journalist Lee Suh-yoon in an article for The Korea Times. “It’s time to point the finger at society, culture and an industry that overlooks and encourages such horrifying behavior.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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