South Korea Names Man Allegedly Behind Online Video Blackmail Ring

Cho Ju-bin, leader of the online sexual blackmail ring in South Korea, the so-called

Cho Ju-bin, leader of the online sexual blackmail ring in South Korea, called the “Nth Chamber”, is surrounded by journalists as he walks out of the police station and is transferred to the prosecutor’s office for further investigation in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
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The South Korean authorities have reportedly taken the rare measure publicly identify a man who, according to authorities, sexually exploited 74 women, including 16 minors, to create graphic and inhumane videos of themselves that were then shared with paying members of private chat rooms on Telegram.

Cho Ju-bin, the 24-year-old suspect identified by the South Korean authorities as being behind the blackmail ring, reportedly had a chat room with about 10,000 members called “The Doctor”, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. As part of his plan to manipulate women and young girls to produce sexually explicit images – the news service reported in some cases of rape and other violence – he allegedly addressed the women with fake jobs before blackmailing them into explicit create images.

Cho reportedly used fake job offers and the promise of large sums of money to compel the women and girls to make explicit videos. With the threat and then share those explicit videos family and friends, Cho could reportedly continue to blackmail the women to create more violent and extreme images. According to the Associated Press as well as South Korean by the Washington PostIt is believed that Cho has secured private information about the women by accomplices within the local government.

During his arrest last week, the police won about 130 million (about $ 106,000) in cash at Cho’s house. Chatroom members looking for videos of the women in sexual slavery paid a whopping 1.5 million (about $ 1,300) worth of cryptocurrency to access the videos, multiple outlets reported.

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It is reported to be exceptionally rare for Korean authorities to identify suspects out of respect for their privacy and that of the suspect’s family. But, of course, exceptions are made in cases of public figures or particularly horrific crimes. Government officials were reportedly under increasing public pressure to reveal the suspect after his arrest last week. The New York Times reported that a dozen other people who worked in government buildings were also arrested for the crimes.

As Cho was presented to journalists in front of a Seoul police station on Wednesday, Cho reportedly said, “Thanks for stopping the life of a devil (I) couldn’t stop.”

President Moon Jae-in has called for an investigation into Cho’s case and others associated with chat rooms, including members. Prosecutors are investigating whether they are accusing Cho of alleged conduct, according to the Associated Press.

The Doctor chat room incident is a cruel and shocking crime that delivered a devastating blow to the lives of children, teenagers, and women, ”said Min Gap-ryong, the Commissioner General of the Korean National Police, according to the Post. “Through rigorous research, we will end the social apathy of online sexual abuse and uproot such crimes to gain a foothold in our society.”


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