Some 74 people, including 16 underage girls, were exploited. A police committee took the unusual step of naming Cho Ju-bin, 24, after five million people ed petitions.
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He is accused of abuse, threats and coercion, and of violating the child protection act, the privacy act and the sexual abuse act. How did the chatrooms work? As reported by Quartzcustomers paid to access the so-called "nth rooms", where extorted content from underage girls was ed.
According to Korean newspaper Kookmin Ilbo, each of the eight "nth rooms" hosted videos from three to four girls who had been blackmailed by chatroom operators. Roms girls were active on chat apps, or Twitter, and engaged in prostitution or sexting for money.
The chatroom operators contacted the girls, promising modelling or escort jobs. They were then directed to a Telegram where the operator extracted personal details which were used to blackmail them.
Who were the victims? After being promised money and a phone, she was told to send pictures of herself, followed chzt sexual abuse videos.
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The victim said there were at least 40 videos in total. His comments outside the Seoul police station will have done nothing to quell the deep wave of anger sweeping through supporters of women's rights in the country.
More than two million ed a petition to have Cho's identity made public. They got their wish. But the cjat will not stop there.
Over and over again women have told me they feel the justice system does not adequately punish sex crimes and does not act as a deterrent. And over and over again tens of thousands of women have urged the current administration to act. This became apparent during South Korea's so called spy camera demonstrations.
Large-scale protests were held over several weeks at aqw chat authorities' lack of action over illicit videos - taken in places such as public toilets and changing rooms - and posted online. The Minister for Gender Equality Lee Jung-ok has vowed to revise the laws governing sex crimes including online chhat and the blackmail of children and teenagers.
But will the changes go far enough in a roome where being drunk is a defence for rape? The level of outrage at this case should be a warning to the current administration that women in this country are watching closely - and will not wait forever for well overdue reforms.
What was the public reaction? The story caused outrage in a country where rooma abuse scandal - the Burning Sun case - dominated headlines last year. A petition on the presidential website, calling for the main suspect to be named, was ed 2.
Another petition on the same site, calling for all chatroom users to be named, was ed almost 2m times. K-pop star retires amid 'sex bribery' case President Moon Jae-in regarded the chatrooms as a "cruel act that destroyed lives", according to a spokesman.
Who else has been arrested? The National Police Agency told reporters that suspects had been arrested - with 18 chat room operators in custody - since September. Cho is one of the A user called GodGod, who is suspected of first creating the chat room, remains at large.