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Beachgoers should look out for camera perverts

By Jason Pan  /  Staff writer

The hot summer weather is driving people to the beach for swimming, fun in the sun and other water activities. However, a recent media report warned women to be alert to photographers using new camera equipment that can see through a swimsuit’s fabric.

According to a report in the Chinese-language Next Magazine, a group of photographers allegedly plans to strike at next month’s Gongliao Ocean Music Festival, as well as at Kenting (墾丁), Fulong (福隆), Wushi Harbor (烏石港) and other beaches around the nation.

The magazine reported that pictures of victims who did not know they were being photographed began to circulate about seven years ago, when cameras or handheld video cameras were outfitted with night vision filter or infrared lenses.

The infrared and filter can penetrate thin bikini garments and reveal covered-up body parts, the report said.

With new video technology and more sophisticated camera features, the latest photograph equipment can render most binikis nearly transparent, according to Next Magazine.

Some women have expressed concern about the equipment, given that in the past, photographers had sold such pictures to pornography Web sites, it said.

The report alleged that the unscrupulous group of photographers include both men and women.

The female members pretend to be ordinary beachgoers and with cameras in hand, take pictures around beaches, it said.

As for the male members, who might easily arouse suspicion, they usually use cameras concealed inside a bag and look for their prey.

The X-rated photographs are then compiled onto a compact disk and sold online to buyers with sex fetishes, the report said.

It quoted experts as advising women to avoid wearing bikinis made of nylon and other synthetic fabrics, or add breast padding to the bikini top.

Experts were also quoted as advising female beachgoers to wear an extra layer of underwear to cover up.

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