A 26-year-old man was booked without detention for allegedly distributing over 12,000 cartoons of child pornography on the Internet, the Incheon Gyeyang police said Thursday.
The man is accused of uploading over 12,800 illustrations of underage children performing sexual acts between Sept. 29, 2015 and May 27, 2016 on a file-sharing site.
The clicks he received per download of the materials he posted gave him credits that were convertible to 2.6 million won ($2,200) in total.
The man told the police he spread the cartoons because he was jobless and in need of money for basic sustenance. He said he spent some of the credits on videogame items.
Police are using the accumulated credits the man received to identify the number of members the file-sharing site had.
They will also investigate where the man acquired more than 10,000 illegal cartoons.
By Lim Jeong-yeo (firstname.lastname@example.org