Cho Ju-bin was found guilty of running a group which blackmailed girls into sharing sexual videos that were then posted in pay-to-view chatrooms. Some 74 people, including 16 underage girls, were exploited.
It said Cho was found guilty of violating laws to protect children from sotuh abuse and for running a criminal ring which produced and sold abusive videos in order to make a profit. Cho's criminal syndicate sold the videos it acquired through blackmail to secretive chatrooms on the Telegram app.
Gangnam: The scandal rocking the playground of K-pop The case sparked a national outcry in South Korea. In March, a police committee took the unusual step of naming Cha, a year-old college graduate, after five million people ed petitions asking for his anonymity to be lifted. Five other defendants have received sentences ranging from seven to 15 years.
A 'long fight' for women 'finally yielding ' As the judges sat down to deliberate, the call for justice from women's advocates korfa loud and clear. Tens of thousands of petitions, including from victims, had been handed to officials on this case urging them to hand down a hefty prison sentence.
South Korean courts have been accused of being far too lenient on digital sex criminals for far too long. The year punishment for ringleader Cho Ju-bin still falls short of the life sentence sought by prosecutors. But one women's rights group described it as "the beginning of the end" of sexual exploitation of women on chat groups. There are still concerns that the victims of this kind of sex crime are not getting the help they need, and the rest of the criminal syndicate received much lighter sentences.
However, women in South Korea will see this as a start and a that their long fight is finally totally free chat line.
But the words I wrote when this case was made public still ring true. The fury will not lorea here. More on the problem of sexual assault in South Korea: media captionThe use of hidden and up-skirt cameras is a huge problem in South Korea Related Topics.