Investigators Crack Hidden Camera Ring 破第2大偷拍論壇 被害者至少287人

On the 13th, investigators cracked Taiwan's second hidden camera ring. The ring was selling sexually exploitative videos along with the victims' names, and had at least 287 victims. However, Taiwan's lack of relevant laws means the criminals will likely get off with light sentences. Lawmaker Wang Wan-yu says the New Power Party wants to change this.

Lawmaker Wang Wan-yu says she has heard from scores of underage girls who have suffered emotional trauma from having secretly filmed pornographic videos of them sold and shared online. Investigators have cracked a hidden camera ring that had 200-plus victims, the majority of which are underage. Prosecutors brought charges against 15 ring members on the 13th, but there is not much criminal liability under the Child and Youth Sexual Exploitation Prevention Act. The New Power Party says it will submit a draft bill during the next legislative session to deter online criminals from selling private photos and videos.

Wang Wan-yu, Legislator (NPP): “With offenses against privacy, the Criminal Code and Personal Data Protection Act apply to adults only. With underage victims, you can prosecute using the Child and Youth Sexual Exploitation Prevention Act. However, the maximum criminal penalty for making videos is only three years, and most offenders are sentenced to just six months or released after six months. ”

Wang says this type of criminal offense has given birth to a pornography industry chain in Taiwan and government inaction and negligence are to blame. Wang also pointed out the government has done nothing on the removal mechanism front, which is what victims care most about. In Taiwan, photos and videos can only be removed if the National Communications Commission asks the Institute of Watch Internet Network to ask the platform provider to remove the content. Wang says both removal power and response time are inadequate.

Chen Meng-hsiu, Lawyer: “A case does not end with an indictment. Look at their industrial structure. In Taiwan, the industry just goes underground to markets we don't know about.”

In stark contrast to Taiwan iWIN, which has an annual budget of NT$2 million, South Korea's Communications Standards Commission has an annual internet content management budget equivalent to NT$200 million. Wang says the Tsai administration needs to be proactive about relevant policies to resolve this issue.