YouTuber arrested for viral clip confronting ‘paedo’ who begs to be ‘let go’

A YouTuber and his assistant have been arrested over the unlawful detention of a man whom they suspected of being a paedophile.

A 12-minute clip posted to the channel of Rock Gor, or Brother Rock, shows him confronting a 23-year-old man, who was also later arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography.

The video went viral and attracted the attention of authorities in Hong Kong.

The clip was shot in Kowloon City last month and shows the victim begging to be let go.

As Brother Rock threatens to make a report to police, the victim is heard saying “sorry” and pleading for them to “let me go," South China Morning Post reported.

The YouTuber, 25, said in the video said that he had pretended to be a 13-year-old boy to entice the man into meeting, after receiving information that he might be pedophile.

Police said they are also searching for three more men who helped film the incident.

According to Inspector Wong Chi-ting of Kowloon City district crime squad, the victim turned up at the location and was confronted by the five men.

They allege he had tried to get underage boys to perform illegal acts and had also demanded images from them.

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Police also urged people not engage in vigilantism, but did arrest the man in the video on suspicion of possession of child pornography.

“More than 100 videos and over 50 photos of child pornography were found on his mobile phone,” Wong said.

“A report should be made to police immediately if they suspect a crime has occurred,” she added.

The video was noticed by Wong and their team after it attracted attention online and after investigating and identifying the men involved, officers carried out a series of raids in Fanling and Western and Wong Tai Sin districts of Hong Kong last week.

The South China Morning Post reported earlier in August that Hong Kong child abuse cases rose sharply during the Covid-19 pandemic, including those of a sexual nature.

School closures prevented teachers and social workers from spotting signs of abuse earlier, they stated.

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