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Return of illegal porn site Soranet?

Mar 07,2018
1) Posts by netizens: “We’ve been through some hard times. Let’s start over in our new home.”

2) “Great job bringing this back. A good culture needs to be preserved to keep our nation healthy.”

3) “We desperately need freedom without intervention. Good luck.”

4) “To those of you who have been with us since Soranet and Yeotop,”

5) “The 20,000 members of Sora who were minding their own business

6) were all lost when the [website] was shut down overnight.”

7) “So now, I would like to start again in a new space of our own.”

8) A 37-year-old surnamed Choi, the manager of the defunct porn site Soranet, was arrested due to his activity on a similar site, including acting as a pimp for a long period of time.

9) Soranet was created in 1999 and was the largest porn site in Korea with one million members. But it was shut down in 2016 through the
police’s persistent efforts.

10) After Soranet was shut down, Choi hired a website creator who specializes in porn sites, and with only 700,000 won ($650.50), he opened a website on a Japanese server and used it for criminal activity.

11) He not only spread pornography on this illegal site, but also acted as an agent in 14,000 cases of prostitution.

12) Choi posted profiles of women available for prostitution and advertisements on the website, categorized by geography.

13) Choi matched clients with women after they found the advertisements, and had the men pay 100,000 to 150,000 won each time in exchange for sexual intercourse.

14) Choi received 10,000 to 30,000 won as commission from the sex worker each time, and earned approximately 280 million won in total.

15) He even held a “Review King Event” where members would post reviews of their experience each month to invigorate the website.

16) Points would be given to members who wrote the most explicit reviews according to their rank in the contest.

17) This way, he created an atmosphere of competition to stimulate prostitution and review writing.

18) These reviews were also used to recruit more members and prostitution advertisements.

19) Police describe Choi’s illegal activity as: “Attracting sex buyers by posting nude pictures on websites and through prostitution,”

20) “Creating a pornographic website,”

21) “Running a pornographic website and posting approximately 1,600 articles of pornography”

22) The police have decided to shut down a total of 11 porn sites on foreign servers discovered during the investigation.

23) While the “war against Soranet” was believed to be over after the original site was shut down, variants of the website continue to show up.

24) When will the war against illegal porn sites be over?

Video sourced from JoongAng Ilbo
Directed by Park Hae-lee
Produced by Oh Da-seul
Translated by Kim Hyo-jung
Edited by Matthew Silberman