Police forces around China are cooperating to track down a loosely organised gang of peeping toms who set up hidden cameras in women’s toilets in various public places and sell the photos and videos on to Japanese porn sites.
Video footage of university students using the women’s toilets at an unnamed institution was found on foreign pornographic websites, according to the Legal Evening News. Students are now reportedly too afraid to use university toilets.
Police told reporters that they believe the culprits are part of the same gang of peeping toms responsible for placing hidden cameras in an unconfirmed location in Shanghai (widely believed to be Shanghai Metro City in Xujiahui) back in May.
During their investigation, police found suspects communicating via online chatting software and trading photographs and videos. On one chat service, suspects were sharing their experience of taking photographs with hidden cameras and “showing off their achievements at toilets,” police said.
The suspects, who hid their identities, frequently joined different online chat rooms and freely shared experiences and photographs.
In May a widely shared post, titled “Careful Girls”, featured a number of illicit photos and videos taken of women using the toilet. The use of Shanghai dialect and various other pieces of evidence led netizens to surmise the photos were taken at a shopping mall in the city.
The post also claimed that the photos and videos were being sold to Japanese adult entertainment companies for use in porn films, though whether this is actually true or just a bit of xenophobia to spice up the story we’ll probably never know for sure.