A middle-aged businessman pays a much-younger prostitute to be his live-in lover for a week. How did he make such a tasteless exploitation fantasy seem almost wholesome? Well, casting a star with the incandescent beauty and charm of Julia Roberts was undoubtedly a factor. But another factor was casting a co-star, Richard Gere, who behaved as if that beauty and charm meant nothing to him. Pretty Woman erased much of the sex and drug use in the original screenplay, a far grittier affair entitled 3, Several rewrites later, Edward has his mind on higher things.
That is how one suspected ringleader of a clandestine online sextortion ring in South Korea described his relief at being caught. Cho Ju-bin, known as "The Doc," operated chatrooms where he blackmailed dozens of young women, including at least 16 minors, into making sexually explicit videos of themselves. He then sold these videos online through Telegram, an encrypted messaging service. But this was not the first - his "Doctor Room" was itself a copy of existing "Nth Rooms". Customers paid to access the so-called "Nth Rooms", where extorted content was uploaded, often in real time.