By Oisin Sweeney • 26 November 2020 • 7:07
A SOUTH KOREAN man who masterminded the country’s largest online sex abuse ring has been jailed for 40 years.
Cho Ju-bin’s online network blackmailed 74 people, including 16 underage girls, into sharing sexual videos which were then sold to the secret group’s 10,000 members for prices of up to $1200. Seoul’s district court ruled that Cho ‘widely distributed sexually abusive content that he created by luring and threatening many victims’.
The 25-year-old college graduate and his network of accomplices used secret chat rooms on the Telegram app to distribute the material, and the case has highlighted the dark world of digital exploitation in Korea and the wider world. The police took the unusual step of naming Cho after five million people signed a petition demanding that his anonymity be lifted.
Alongside the ringleader’s 40 year sentence, five other network operators received sentences of between 7 and 15 years. Police have arrested another 124 people as part of their investigation into the elaborate abuse ring that shocked South Korea.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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