Watchdog says 'pervasive' digital sex crime affecting life for South Korean women and girls

Digital sex crime is now so pervasive in South Korea that the fear of it is affecting the quality of life for women and girls, with many victims saying they had considered suicide or leaving the country, a human rights watchdog said on Wednesday.

South Korea has become the global epicenter of spycamsthe use of tiny, hidden cameras to film victims naked, urinating or having sex.
Other cases have involved intimate photos being leaked without permission, or sex abuse such as rapes captured on camera and the videos shared online.
    Victims are often traumatized further and becomeimmersed in the abuseby encounters with police and other justice officials, and by the expectation that they should gather evidence and monitor the internet for new appearances of images of themselves, United States-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report.
      Digital sex crimes have become so common, and so feared, in South Korea that they are affecting the quality of life of all women and girls,” Heather Barr, the report’s author, 声明で言った.
        Women and girls told us they avoided using public toilets and felt anxious about hidden cameras in public and even in their homes. An alarming number of survivors of digital sex crimes said they had considered suicide.
        レポート, based on 38 interviews and an online survey, said sex crime prosecutions involving illegal filming rose 11-fold between 2008 そして 2017, according to data from the Korean Institute of Criminology.
          South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called for police to investigate the growing number of sexual abuse claims, including recently among members of the military.
          昨年, police broke up an online network that lured dozens of women and underage girls into what authorities have calledvirtual enslavementby blackmailing them into sending increasingly degrading and sometimes violent sexual imagery of themselves.
            HRW said the government needs to do more by increasing legal penalties for convicted offenders, boosting the number of women among the police, 検察官, and judges, and changing broader gender inequality that normalizes the consumption of non-consensual images.
            に 2019, prosecutors dropped 43.5% of digital sex crime cases compared to 27.7% of homicide cases and 19% of robbery cases, though the sex crime cases that were prosecuted usually ended in a conviction, レポートは言った.