Singer MoonMoon revealed to have committed hidden camera crime, adds fuel to ongoing national discussion

Singer MoonMoon was reported to currently be on probation for filming a woman without her consent in a public bathroom.

On May 24, according to a media source, MoonMoon was exposed after being caught secretly filming a woman in a public unisex bathroom in Gangnam on August 2016. The victim reported him to the police, and after MoonMoon partly admitted to the charges during police investigations, he was sentenced to a two-year probation.

House Of Music, which is a Starship Entertainment subsidiary, ended their contract with him after his criminal past was revealed. The agency claims they were unaware of his past when they signed him.

“Hello, this is House of Music. We apologize for concerning many of you regarding the disgraceful reports of MoonMoon on May 25. The case took place before we signed exclusively with MoonMoon and we were unaware of the situation. As soon as we confirmed the facts, we ended the exclusive contract and canceled all schedules. We decided to terminate the exclusive contract based on the judgements that the said case would have a great social impact, and that our mutual trust in communicating with the artist cannot be maintained. Once again, we are deeply sorry for worrying everyone.”

Don’t see any reason to not believe them. Hopefully this MoonMoon guy goes away forever, but somehow I doubt it.

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Furthermore, his case is just the latest in the national discussion over spy camera incidents. Earlier this month, a female model had an arrest warrant issued against her for allegedly uploading a nude picture of a male model who was posing for a drawing class at Hongik University.

The suspect faces possible charges of using a device to take obscene photographs in violation of laws regarding sex crimes, police said. Ahn allegedly took the photo secretly and posted it on a radical feminist website after she had an argument with the victim about sharing the rest area with other models. The suspect and victim had just met on the day of the incident. The picture went viral, traumatizing the victim. The victim is apparently having difficulties sleeping and getting on with his daily life, police said. Ahn lied during police questioning that she had lost her cellphone when she had in fact thrown it out to avoid being caught. She apparently said she never expected it to be “such a big deal.” Police are also investigating two users from the feminist site after the victim filed a complaint accusing them of writing sexual slurs and belittling comments in relation to the picture.

That’s obviously absolutely terrible, and the rad fem community she uploaded the picture to is one of those messy ones I’ve talked about before that shit on homosexuals and transgender people (Han Seo Hee is an appropriate representative, really) among other things.

Still, in response to the arrest warrant being issued against the woman, a government petition was started essentially on the grounds of calling for more gender equal investigations into spy cam incidents. The premise basically being that when a male is the victim, they are quick to find justice, but when a female is the victim, the victim gets blamed.

“Remember the cases of women who were victims of hidden camera crimes and went to the police for help?” wrote one person on the Blue House website’s petition page on Friday. “Do you know what kind of responses they would get? They would be told, ‘Well you had it coming to you, because you didn’t dress modestly’ or ‘We can’t catch the culprit. It’s too hard.’ “Take a look at these cases when women were victims and men were perpetrators in spy camera crimes,” the user wrote. He or she posted links to articles on previous cases, including one involving five male swimmers charged with installing spy cameras in female swimmers’ locker room. They were pronounced innocent by a local court last year for lack of evidence. Another article described a case in which a man was caught taking pictures of women’s legs and buttocks in a subway station in Seoul. He also got off on “lack of evidence.”

Eventually, a protest called Women March For Justice was launched.

“Women in Korea are always exposed to illegal filming,” stated the organizer, Women March for Justice, in a press release. “It has been a normal daily life for Korean women to be exposed to illegal filming anytime and anywhere, and to deal with negligent police investigation, secondary harm, and the obscene expressions by the press.”

The majority of the suspects in spy cam cases are male and the majority of the victims are female, but a difference in police treatment of these cases don’t show up in the numbers.

According to statistics from the National Police Agency (NPA), cases concerning spy cameras have been rising in recent years. An overwhelming majority of the suspects are male. And the majority of the victims are female. Between 2012 and 2017, out of the nearly 30,000 male suspects investigated by police, less than 3 percent were arrested for investigation. Out of the 523 female suspects during the same time period, 4 were arrested (0.8 percent).

Regardless of whether the police are biased or not, the anger seems to stem more from the imbalance of suspects and victims to begin with, and the spy porn epidemic in Korea is definitely a thing.

As such, this case with the singer MoonMoon only contributes further fuel to an already raging fire, though honestly I’m not exactly sure where this will end.

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