Viral videos of pair caught allegedly having sex in private outdoor hotel jacuzzi raise privacy concerns in HK

Screengrab of 格仔便利店GaakZaiStore’s YouTube video.
Screengrab of 格仔便利店GaakZaiStore’s YouTube video.

Two videos showing a man and woman allegedly having sex in an outdoor jacuzzi that is part of a hotel room in Hong Kong have been going viral, raising concerns about privacy as they appear to be part of a worrying trend of people filming and distributing voyeuristic material. 

Some netizens said the clips were taken at a hotel in North Point, which has rooms that come with private outdoor jacuzzis. The videos appear to have been taken by someone staying or working in the hotel.

In one video, the woman, who is partially nude, can be seen sitting on the edge of the jacuzzi pool and eating a bowl of noodles, while the man has his head between her legs.

The railings for the pool are made of clear glass and it appears like a cover is not extended. The pair look like they are some distance away from the glass railings. 

In another video, both of them are in the pool with the man hugging the woman from behind. 

In this clip, the cover is extended, but the person who filmed the video managed to get some shots through a gap.  

Many netizens called out the person who shot the videos for filming and distributing them online. 

“It’s so cheap to secretly film them,” said one internet user.

“Have you thought of the harm you’ll bring to those involved,” another asked.

Some netizens also pointed out there is something wrong with the design of the hotel’s private jacuzzis since they are easily visible to those staying above.

It’s certainly something for Hongkongers to consider when booking a romantic staycation at local hotels. Staycations have become popular in Hong Kong in recent years, with the Covid-19 pandemic making travel difficult for its residents and prices of hotel rooms falling because inbound travel has also been affected.

Some internet users also asked if the pair or the person who filmed the video would be arrested. 

Another video of a pair appearing to have sex outdoors was filmed and distributed last month. 

A 36-year-old woman was arrested for outraging public decency after the video, which somebody took of her seemingly having sex with a man on the balcony of an apartment in Kai Tak, went viral. 

She was later released on bail.

A law amendment tackling voyeurism came into effect in October last year, covering four new offenses

The Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 includes specific offenses against voyeurism, unlawful recording or observation of intimate parts, publication of images originating from these two offenses, as well as publication or threatened publication of intimate images without consent.

These four offenses each carry a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.

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