A sex-crime scandal that’s shocked South Korea is now making waves in neighboring China.
The incident in Korea revolves around a number of paid chat rooms on encrypted messaging app Telegram known as “nth rooms.” The primary suspect, a 24-year-old male surnamed Cho, allegedly operated the chat rooms and lured women, some underage, through fake job ads to persuade them to send him sexual photos of themselves. Cho would later use the photos to blackmail the women, asking them to shoot porn videos, including ones depicting violent and gruesome acts. President Moon Jae-in has called for a full police investigation into the members of the chat rooms, and over 2 million people have signed an online petition asking authorities to reveal the identities of all the users of the chat rooms.
Seeing similar incidents of sexual exploitation in China, women there are now voicing out against these acts. On Weibo, China’s largest social network, females are advocating (link in Chinese) for the publication of identities of registered users on websites and apps such as 91Porn, the most popular porn site in China. Like most other Chinese porn sites, the server of 91Porn is hosted overseas and the site itself is banned in China where porn is illegal, though many use virtual private networks to access such material.
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