The South Korean porn police

December 13th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Moon Tae-Hwa stares at his computer, dizzy and nauseous from the hours of porn he’s viewed online while his wife and children slept. He feels no shame – only a righteous sense of mission.

“I feel like I’m cleaning up dirty things,” the devout Christian and family counsellor said.

Moon is among the most successful members of the “Nuri Cops” (roughly “net cops”), a squad of nearly 800 volunteers who help government censors by patrolling the Internet for pornography in their spare time.

Hmmn, so these 800 people volunteer to hunt for all the nasty dirty porn out there, to protect their fellow citizens from it. You know, that sounds like quite a fun job! :-)

Unlike most developed nations, pornography is illegal in South Korea, though it remains easy for its tech-savvy population to find. More than 90 percent of South Korea’s homes have high-speed Internet access, and more than 30 million of its 50 million people own smartphones.

“It’s like shovelling snow in a blizzard,” Moon conceded.

But nevertheless, he’ll happily carry on spending eight hours a day, seven days a week searching for all that pornography so he can complain to someone about it. True valiant servants.

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