The recent case of online sexual blackmail ring in South Korea, also going by the name, "nth Chatroom case" has outraged the public and many Korean artists are voicing out their shock and anger over the "virtual slave case", signing the online petition that demands severe punishment for the perpetrators involved and identity of the person at the heart of the operation leading the chain of secret chat rooms with over 260,000 subscribers, where pornographic photos and videos of victims that included underage girls, were distributed.
Cho Joo Bin, age 25, an Information and Communication major is revealed to be the main perpetrator behind the “Nth Room”. He used the nickname "baksa" and allegedly lured at least 74 victims into taking naked photos, out of which 16 are minors and later blackmailed them into more gruesome and disturbing sex acts. The police has formally detained 17 people so far in relation to the act and has tracked down 124 people.
The South Korean public is now furious with the extremely brutal sexual exploitation act and signed presidential petitions and shared in social media.
On Mar 22, EXO Baekhyun, followed by band member Chanyeol, signed the petition for severe punishment of the perpetrators and shared the screenshot on their Instagram. Link to the petition - http://www1.president.go.kr/petitions/586885
Link to petition - https://www1.president.go.kr/petitions/586880
2PM's Junho wrote on his Instagram stories “I wanted to keep [my Instagram] as a personal space where I share happiness, and that’s why I never shared any of my personal opinions and plan not to do so in the future. However, regarding the ‘Telegram Nth Rooms’ and the related suspects, I believe there must be a definite punishment for them. I also think that many people should show interest and awareness about this issue so that secondary diffusion [of the footage] and crimes like these do not happen again. I am anticipating proper results that focus on the essence of this case.”
Eric Nam wrote on his stories "Something like this can never happen again"
VIXX Ravi posted a screenshot of the petition along words "I don't want the people I love to live in such a frightening world"
EXID’s LE wrote in red, “Does this make any sense…? I’m so furious. It doesn’t take long. Please sign it.”
Former Wonder Girls member Hyerim signed the petition and wrote on her stories, “I have no words,” with the hashtag, “All of you who were in the chatrooms are perpetrators.”
Ha Yeon Soo posted , “I didn’t personally experience it. Even so, this is not something to overlook. So, I kept going back and forth between the anger and fear that erupted with considerable shock about the ‘Nth Room.’ Then I suddenly wanted to write after a long time, so I’m writing a few words.”
Girl’s Day’s Hyeri posted a screen shot of the petition, “I’m feeling beyond furious; I’m frightened. I really hope they’ll get severely punished.”
And Sojin uploaded a photo of the petition and said, “How can the world be like this?”
Moon Ga Young, Baek Yerin, Lady Jane, Kwon Jung Ryul, Simon Dominic, Rhythm Power, Geegooin, Huckleberry P, Palo Alto, Yoo Seung Woo, Soran’s Go Young Bae, 2AM’s Jo Kwon, Don Spike, former MOMOLAND member Yeonwoo, Hash Swan, Ahn Bo Hyun, former INFINITE member Hoya, CNBLUE’s Jung Yong Hwa, Giriboy, Song Gun Hee,Jung Ryeo Won, former Secret member Jun Hyosung, Baek A Yeon, and many more celebrities also showed support for the petitions by sharing links to them on their social media accounts.
The South Korean public blames the negligence of their police for not taking necessary actions when the crime was initially reported to have occurred since Feb 2019.
Support from world wide artists like EXO has surely shed more light on the case, and as of Mar 23, nearly 2.2 million people had signed the online presidential petition from all over the world. The South Korean media praises the EXO members Baekhyun and Chanyeol for supporting the petition, and says "Will EXO's power ripple into synergy and help bring justice?". Hopefully.
- The KTruth