The Nuri Cops took away your Redtube

Perhaps the most horrifying lede I’ve ever read in a Korea-related story:

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 counselor said.

I pause to let that sink in.

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.

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 shoveling snow in a blizzard,” Moon conceded.

Is any commentary really necessary here?

Read the rest on your own… if you dare.

  • jdog2050

    I love how my $6/month VPN subscription circumvents this poor bastard’s efforts.

  • RElgin

    Korean evangelicals are the worst hypocrites I have ever seen in my life. This fool roams the internet, looking for sin while he does nothing for his community right there in his neighborhood, where he might be able to be of some use to actual people that need help.

    If someone uses a proxy connection to the internet, all the “” messages will do no good; there is no practical way to block any site. Does he really think he is going to help someone by doing this!!?

  • Waka Waka

    What a prude

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    He enjoys it and has a nice cover story. Typical religious nut.

  • holterbarbour

    I’m slightly entertained by the “torture” this guy must be going through. That’s gotta count for something.

  • Kuiwon

    His efforts would have probably been better spent developing video and image recognition technology.

  • Brendon Carr

    Except he doesn’t have any such skills.

  • Kuiwon

    True. Seeing how dedicated and motivated by this cause, he could have learned and gained those skills, instead of spending all of his time watching all that filth.

  • George_Smiley

    Roses are red

    Violets are blue

    When a free net is censored

    The Tor Project will do.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Do gooders are the worst menace

  • gbnhj

    This guy puts me in mind of Boardwalk Empire’s Agent Van Alden, brilliantly played by Michael Shannon. Give him a hairshirt, and he’ll be aching to find ways to be bad enough to be punished with it.

  • jdog2050

    That’s the thing. No. It wouldn’t. Seriously a cheap monthly VPN subscription will let you see anything you want with very little bandwith issues. A free VPN will let you see anything you want but you’re kind of down to dial-up speeds–not an issue if you’re a horny 13 year old. These people are pissing into the ocean.

  • Craash beck

    Could you let us know which one you are using? $6 per month sounds like a good deal if you recommend it…

  • Craash beck

    I hope he cleans his computer – before his kids touch it….

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  • KrZ

    You can make your own on Amazon Web Services for $0.01 a month for the first year. They just boosted the bandwidth limits too, though I’ve never gone over. It’s pretty negligible even after the first year. Few cents a month.

  • Kuiwon

    All I was saying his efforts are best spent elsewhere. I’m pretty sure he could have spent that time learning and figuring out how to ban VPNs too.

  • wangkon936

    Porn is something that a normal person can only look at so often. Then it just gets freaking boring. If these guys look at is everyday, then I think it’s gotta suck. How many naked women and titties can you look at before they all look the same?

  • keyinjpop

    “devout Christian and family counselor…”
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha… and yet this guy needs more help than he gives.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    I guess we’ll never really know. It’s like asking, “how many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?”

  • ZenKimchi

    I agree. “I’m neglecting my wife and kids because I must look at porn.”

    Sounds like someone with a porn addiction.

    There is something wrong in a society that believes its greatest sin is between its legs.

  • ZenKimchi

    Does it do videos well. My experience with proxies have resulted in broken vids. For research purposes, of course.

  • ZenKimchi

    My experience with shrinks and their patients–it takes one to know one.

  • ZenKimchi

    How many slow… sexy… licks…

  • RElgin

    The difficult part is novelty or making something with new eyes.

    That is why death is greatly under-rated as novelty whereas sex is over-rated.

  • Babojoe

    hotspotshield also works… and its free.
    Or so I hear.
    when researching north korea-related things that are blocked in south korea, of course.

  • Rhatt

    When you stand on he judgment day, what are you going to say in defense of your conclusion? Repent my friend. Forget about the guy who is doing whatever he does. You may not want to gamble with your soul out of ignorance.

  • RElgin

    바보 . . . & without a sense of wonder or humour.