Encountered more often than was believed, the practice of secretly filming the guests of certain hotels and the clandestine sale of online video broadcasts has become a true industry. Providing online video streams to customers willing to follow foreign people filmed in their privacy has been out of control.
According to South Korean authorities, no less than 30 hotels in 10 cities of countries were used to provide these clandestine video services. The cameras uncovered in 42 rooms have been hidden in common devices such as electrical sockets, switches, television chandeliers and pens. Police investigations revealed that hotel managers were not involved in clandestine activities, with surveillance equipment being installed by foreigners who had previously visited hotel rooms.
One of the sites on which this type of content was posted had over 4,000 members, 97 of whom even opted for a $ 44.95 monthly subscription, benefiting from additional services such as the ability to register and Review saved videos. According to the authorities, the clandestine streaming video service has generated revenue for owners over $ 6,000 from November 2018 to the present.
The case investigated by the Korean authorities is not singular, only in 2017 there have been reported over 6,400 incidents of clandestine filming inside hotel rooms, shop cabinets, and public toilets.