Sex chat room operator thanks for ending demonic nature in two-faced life
SEOUL – Dressed in a neck protector and a medical bandage stuck to his head, a 24-year-old man expressed gratitude for being able to stop the demonic nature of his two-faced life by volunteering in welfare institutions and running a fee-based group chat room that showed photos and videos of violent sex acts involving underage victims.
“Thank you for stopping the life of the unstoppable devil,” Cho Ju-bin said Wednesday as he was dragged out of a Seoul police station for a tumultuous photoshoot and transferred to state prosecutors for violates the law on the protection of children and young people. against sexual offenses.
Cho is accused of luring and blackmailing at least 74 people, including 16 underage girls, into engaging in horrific sex acts and selling related videos on mobile chat rooms since December 2018. “I am. sincerely apologize to all who have been hurt by me, ”he said.
Cho had volunteered several times at orphanages and other welfare centers from October 2017 until his arrest on March 19.
The case sparked public fury with millions of angry people signing public petitions, which were posted on the presidential website and called for sanctions and the disclosure of all users. President Moon Jae-in has ordered a full investigation to punish operators and users together, condemning it as a “cruel” crime destroying human life.
Users paid in cryptocurrency to watch videos posted by Cho’s chat room on the Telegram messaging service. Equal rights groups have expressed resentment, insisting that some 260,000 men have visited similar discussion forums, including around 10,000 affiliated with Cho’s salons.
Cho and his accomplices used fake websites to collect personal information using a Twitter ID and password from victims who couldn’t seek legal aid or reject orders for fear that their personal information and sexual content are not made public.
Cho had demanded a subscription fee of at least 1.5 million won ($ 1,184) for those who wanted to join one of his three secret chat rooms. Subscribers were required to provide selfies and photographed ID cards.
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