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S. Korea pays paparazzi vigilantes to bust crime

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> Paparazzi 101 in South Korea. But these students won't be tailing A listers. They're training to be soldiers in Seoul's battle against corruption. A tough new anti graft law brought in a week ago is fueling an industry of camera-wielding snoops aiming to cash in on snaps and footage of government workers accepting gifts or meals that are a little over the top.
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As Reuters' Ju-Min Park reports, this sort of espionage has a history.>> In South Korea, paparazzi means not only photographers chasing celebrities but citizens secretly going after those violating laws and getting cash rewards from public agencies for reporting those incidents. This school teaches how to use secret cameras and obtain evidence, such as picking up receipts from garbage baskets at restaurants and then go out to places like weddings or funerals to bust these lawbreakers.
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>> One study says the new law could cost consumer and entertainment companies more than $10 billion, while a new class of crime fighters hopes to get rich quick.>> The government's anti corruption agency offers pretty expensive bounties. Up to $180,000, which is pretty tempting for ordinary citizens. We met some of the students who came here today.
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There are some young people and old retirees. And one lady told me that she wanted to make enough to buy an apartment, and also she wants to make a better society for their kids and the future generations.>> South Korea has a deep tradition of entertaining and gift giving, but from now on, officials who forget to split the bill on their next fancy dinner can expect to face fines for their troubles when the patriotic paparazzi hit the jackpot.