Gay Dating Apps in Korea
April 17 UPI -- South Korea's military is facing allegations of gay-baiting soldiers through fake accounts on an online dating app. Lim Tae-hoon, who heads the civic group Center for Military Human Rights, said Monday army investigators used the app to "trap" soldiers into contacting the accounts, then tracking down the individuals, local news service EDaily reported. Jang Jun-kyu and [three others] with the National Human Rights Commission of Korea.
According to Lim, investigations began after the army claimed a video of a soldier on active duty and an officer having sex surfaced on Grand forks nd dating sites Korean social networks. The army undertook unlawful means of investigating the case in the course of identifying those involved, Lim said.
The military had placed about 40 to 50 soldiers on a list of "suspects" in violation of the Military Criminal Act, according to Yonhap. The law stipulates a soldier who commits "sodomy" or "other disgraceful conduct" can face a maximum of two years in prison. But the probe overreached and cast a net that discriminated against suspects, solely based on their sexual orientation, Lim's group said. One petty officer was placed on the list because a text message that read, "I had a relationship with a fellow soldier" was found on his mobile phone, the group said.
Others were investigated because they had suggested going on a trip together with other gay soldiers in an online chat room. Another officer, a lieutenant whose name is being withheld, was subject to an unauthorized search of his car. Sign up for our weekly Korea Now newsletter An exclusive report putting perspective on the week's most important developments. Investigators eventually returned the confiscated items found in his vehicle. Follow us on FacebookTwitterand Instagram for more news from UPI.
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