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SEOUL, South Korea -- The operator of online chat rooms in South Korea was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison on charges of blackmailing dozens of women, including minors, into filming sexually explicit videos and selling them to others. Kim said the court decided to isolate Cho from society for a prolonged period in consideration of his attitude and the seriousness of his crime.
Prosecutors formally arrested or indicted Cho and seven accomplices in June for allegedly producing sexually abusive videos of 74 victims, 16 of them minors, and distributing them on the Telegram messaging app, where users paid in cryptocurrency to watch them in President Moon Jae-in earlier called for a thorough investigation and stern punishment for those operating such chatrooms and their users. In recent years, South Korea has been struggling to cope with what the government describes as digital sex crimes, which aside from abusive chatrooms also include the spread of intimate photos and videos taken by smartphones or tiny spy cameras hidden in public spaces and buildings, an issue that triggered massive protests in Shows Good Morning America.
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