Hidden cameras livestreamed nearly 2,000 hotel guests in South Korea

Hidden cameras livestreamed nearly 2,000 hotel guests in South Korea
Two men were arrested after cameras were found in 42 South Korean hotel rooms. Police said more than a thousand people had been filmed, their private moments filmed online. (Source: S. KOREA NATIONAL POLICE AGENCY)

(CNN) - About 1,600 hotel guests in South Korea were victims of an invasion of privacy.

Police arrested two men Wednesday in an alleged scheme where secret cameras were placed in 42 hotel rooms in 30 properties.

The cameras were discovered hidden in digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer holders.

Video from the cameras was livestreamed to a website with more than 4,000 members. The site alleged earned about $6,000.

One of the suspects allegedly installed the cameras while he was a guest at the hotel, the Associated Press reported. Authorities said the other ran the website, which has since been shuttered. The other two suspects allegedly helped fund the operation, according to police.

Spy cameras are an ongoing issue in South Korea, but authorities sad this is the first time they’ve seen a case where the videos were broadcast live.

More than 6,400 cases of illegal filming were reported in the country in 2017.

Seoul has a special squad of women inspectors who look for hidden cameras in the city’s public toilets.

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