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Illegal Filming

Illegal Filming

Behind the lens of malice

Illegal Filming


I was on my way home after having fun with my friends for the first time in a while. I went to the bathroom at the subway station before we parted. I was just pulling down my pants when I started to feel uneasy for some reason. I looked at the bathroom door, the ceiling, even in the trash can. Even while doing my business, the three or four small holes in the door kept catching my eye. The news article I saw last night came to mind. It was an article about a hidden camera found in the bathroom of a subway station. This is the world we live in.

Watching Eyes that Threaten our Way of Life

Not 'Spy Cameras' but 'Illegal Filming'

Before the seriously of illegal filming was recognized it was often referred to as ‘spy cams’ or ‘hidden cameras’. This term is often used in entertainment programs and events, pranks and playfulness between friends. It’s important to change the way we talk about illegal filming, to highlight the severity of this crimes impact of victims. Illegal filming is neither a joke nor a game. It’s a crime that especially threatens the daily lives of women around the world.

This issue is especially prevalent in South Korea, and in similar cultures where conservative views and modern technology have been rapidly combined. A conviction in Korea can lead to a maximum of 5years in prison or a ₩30,000,000 KRW fine (around $22,000 USD).

Present State of Illegal Filming Crimes

  • A steady increase in illegal filming

The number of people arrested for illegal filming and distribution In South Korea increased from 2,905 in 2014 to 5,497 in 2018.

  • Most illegal filming suspects are men in their 20’s

In 2018, around 96.6% of suspects were men.

By age, those in their 20’s were the highest percentage with 2,044 people, those in their 30’s totalled 1,241 people, and minors under 18 were the third highest with 885 people suspected.

  • Highest recidivism rate

While sex offenders in general record the highest likelihood of repeat offending, the crime of ‘illegal filming’ showed especially high rates, with 75% reoffending rates.

How to Find Hidden Camera Lenses

Is there anywhere safe from hidden cameras and illegal filming? If you search ‘illegal filming’ on the internet countless news articles will pour out. Toilets, streets, public transport, dorm rooms, hotels, motels, even in classrooms. Illegal filming is just about everywhere.

Hidden camera detectors are being sold for increasingly high prices to combat the increasingly sophisticated cameras available. Are there any alternatives to professionally manufactured detectors? Here are some methods introduced by an expert on illegal camera detection.

  • 🟥Using Red Cellophane

Cover a cell phone camera and flash with red cellophane. In that state, if you can manually turn on the flash and video camera you can use the light to pick up any small dots of reflection in hidden places.

As a color, red is reflected by camera lenses the most.

  • Using 🔦Flashlights and 🧻 a Toilet Paper Roll

Fix the toilet paper cardboard roll to the side of a small flashlight using a rubber band. Hold the pair up like glasses or binoculars, shining the light and looking through the roll to see any camera lenses reflecting the light.

The cardboard roll allows you to focus your vision on the light and better notice any reflecting lenses.

  • 📸 Using a Phone’s Flash

Similar in principle to the above methods, take a picture using flash of an area where you suspect there may be a hidden camera. If you zoom in and look carefully at the picture, you might be able to see a camera lens shining.

It may be more uncertain than other methods, but this can be used when you don’t have time to make any other preparations.

  • 📱 Using the WiFi Name

As technology has advanced, WiFi type ultra-small cameras are increasing. If you check the WiFi options on your phone and notice a service with a long, complicated name and strong signal, there is a high possibility that there is a WiFi camera around you.

Besides finding cameras, you can also try breaking any camera lenses that may be in holes drilled in walls or doors by pressing it with a clip or hairpin.

How to Request The Deletion of Illegally Filmed Videos

What should I do if I find illegal footage of myself or someone else? The deletion method or deletion request method differs depending on the channel through which the offending content was distributed.

  • Website: Request deletion directly to the site
  • Illegal pornography site: Depending on your country there may be a government branch like the Korea Communications Standards Commission, or a legal pathway such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the U.S. Contact the relevant institution or a lawyer for advice
  • SNS: Request deletion through the reporting window of the relevant SNS site
The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative provides a list of organisations around the world which can support victims of illegal filming, and provide guides and advice for image removal. The CCRI Image Abuse Helpline is available free of charge, 24/7 at 1-844-878-2275


  • Learn the various ways to find illegal hidden cameras
  • But remember, eradicating illegal filming is not the responsibility of individual victims, but a matter for society as a whole
불법 촬영은 00000000에 의해 5년 이하의 징역형 또는 3천만 원 이하의 벌금형이 내려진다.

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    숨어있는 자기 1

    택배 상자도 조심 카톡사진도 조심 진짜 살기 힘든세상

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    우리가 피해의식 있는 페미가 아니라 세상이 이렇게 두렵게 만드는거면서 ㅠㅠㅠㅠ

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      숨어있는 자기 12

      뭐든 원인이 있으니 결과가 있는것이 세상의 이치인데 그 원인을 없던것처럼 아예 빼버리고 피해의식이 있는 이상한 사람으로 만들어버리니...

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      숨어있는 자기 12

      게다가 이런 것도 있을거에요. "여자는 남자보다 약자고 범죄를 더 많이 당하는 포지션이다" 이게 기본값으로 당연하게 인식되는 세상인거.. 생물학적인 사회문화적인 요인 때문에 옳지 못한 일이 말도 안되게 만연하고 오랫동안 행해져 온 이상한 현상인거지 당위성의 측면에서는 현대 사회에서는 절대로 있을 수 없는 말도 안되는 일이거든요.... 범죄에 있어 불리한 입장이고 실제로도 범죄를 많이 격는다 = 범죄당하는게 당연하다 이거 절대 아니거든요.. "약자는 범죄 당하는게 당연하고 그걸 보호하기 위해 힘쓰는것"이 포인트가 아니라 모든 사람은 동등하게 자유를 누랄 권리가 있으나 약자라고 보호받지 못하지 않도록 힘쓰는것" 이 포인트라 샹각해요

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    숨어있는 자기 3

    실제로 건수가 늘어나서 피해사례가 더 많이 알려지는거군요 ㅍ

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    숨어있는 자기 4

    ㅠ 나쁜놈들 다 없어져라!!

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    요즘 이모티콘

    우와 카메라 찾아내기 같은 현실적 방법은 처음 알았어요. 감사합니다!

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    숨어있는 자기 5

    뭔가 전에 친구들이랑 놀러 모텔 갔다가 거울 있는 방이여서 여기 몰카 있는 거 아니야?? 이럼서 손가락으로 확인해봤는데 하나만 거리감이 달라서 당황했던 기억이 있음.. 바로 붙는 건지 살짝 띄어진 건지 지금은 기억 안나지만.. 서로 이게 진짜로 나올지도 몰라서 겁 났고 어떻게 해야할지도 모르겠어서 그냥 모른 척하구 놀았는데.. 진짜 당혹스러웠음.. 지금 불법 촬영 카메라 찾아도 어떻게 해야할지 모를 것 같음ㅜㅜ

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    숨어있는 자기 6

    여성들은 페미니스트가 될 수 밖에 없다. 현실이 이런데..

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    숨어있는 자기 7


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    숨어있는 자기 8

    불법촬영 다 사라지는 세상이 오길 !!넘 싫어

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    진격하는 아우라

    점점 세상이 무서워져

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    숨어있는 자기 9

    재범률이 75프로나 된다는게 처벌이 얼마나 솜방망이였는지를 보여주는 지표같네..진짜 다 징역살이해서 다시는 못하게 했으면!!

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    숨어있는 자기 10

    학생 때 화장실 불법촬영 의심스러운 일을 겪고 나서 한동안 남여공용 화장실과 집이 아닌 곳의 화장실을 혼자 가지 못했어… 물론 의심이지만 그래도 나한텐 꽤나 충격이었는 걸

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    숨어있는 자기 11

    처벌이 더 강화 돼야 합니다ㅠㅠ

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    숨어있는 자기 13

    일있어서 혼자 모텔잘 때도 너무불안 ㅠㅠ

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    숨어있는 자기 14

    다 읽어도 아직 불안하다ㅠㅠ 불법촬영 강력처벌!

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    숨어있는 자기 15

    정말 처벌이 강해졌으면 좋겠어요ㅜ

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    숨어있는 자기 16

    진짜 화장실 가도 몰카 있을까 두리번 거리고 남친이랑 텔 가도 몰카 있을까 두리번 거리고~ 어딜가기가 두렵다;

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    숨어있는 자기 17

    불법촬영하는 ㅁㅊ새끼들

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    숨어있는 자기 18

    거세 시켜야합니다

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    숨어있는 자기 19

    숙박업소 이용할 때마다 항상 혹시모를 카메라 찾아다니는 것도 질린다 정말…ㅠㅠ

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    숨어있는 자기 20

    이러면서 페미를 욕으로 쓰는게 암담하다..

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