With the rise of predators targeting teenagers, there is a growing call for measures to combat sex crimes in the metaverse.
Legal action is essential to address sexual exploitation in the Metaverse, said Heo Kyung-mi, a professor of police administration at Keimyung University, in a paper released Sunday.
According to Huh, 70% of users of the Metaverse service are teenagers, which has led to an increase in criminal attempts on the Metaverse platform, especially those targeting young avatars.
Perpetrators lure minors with virtual items, which in turn lure minors into inappropriate conversations and the filming and transmission of sexual content. Some cases, such as sexual harassment of virtual avatars, are not even illegal under current law.
In some cases, crimes in the metaverse evolve into crimes in the real world. For about a year from April 2021, a man in his thirties forced 11 minors he met through Zepeto, Asia’s largest metaverse platform operated by Naver Z, to film and send his own sexually explicit content. man was sentenced to four years in prison on September 11. .
Amid ongoing challenges, both industry and government are struggling to get a detailed picture of the situation, as there is no efficient system for receiving reports of such crimes.
The Communications Commission and Legal Department have been working on analyzing the Metaverse Crime Matter since earlier this year. The KCC conducts research to identify the scope of conduct that is considered criminal. The Ministry of Justice’s Digital Sex Crime Commission commented on the limitations of current law in January, recommending that criminal activity against virtual avatars and personal accounts should be considered in the same way as criminal activity against real human users. did.
Professor Huh pointed out that the core of the controversy lies in the unfamiliar concept of the Metaverse. “In order to curb sex crimes in the metaverse, whether or not the metaverse is an extension of the real world, we must first build a social consensus on the nature of the metaverse. New laws to limit the metaverse.” There should continue to be a debate about social structures,” said Huh.
Lee Jeong-yeon (firstname.lastname@example.org)