Police launch special 100-day crackdown on sex crimes

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : August 13, 2018, 16:25 | Updated : August 13, 2018, 16:25

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SEOUL -- In an effort to curb online sex crimes, police launched a special 100-day crackdown on websites, online communities and uploaders if they are found to have spread candid pictures and other illegally taken pictures and videos.

The crackdown will last until November 20, National Police Agency commissioner general Min Gap-ryong said, adding investigations would focus on hundreds of websites, file-sharing services and online communities mentioned by female groups. Investigators are also looking into 257 online IDs known as heavy uploaders of illegal contents.

For a concerted crackdown, the agency formed a special team of investigators who will closely monitor websites and uploaders. They will cooperate with a state media watchdog to block the distribution of illegal contents and delete original files or seek help from U.S. authorities to track video service platforms with servers abroad.

President Moon Jae-in has called for special measures to curb sex crimes of taking candid shots with hidden cameras. To curb sex crimes taking candid photographs with hidden cameras targeting women in public toilets, government officials are regularly checking about 50,000 public toilets nationwide.

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