Human Traffic Watch

Review the Special Anti-Sex Trafficking Act

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on January 14, 2013 at 11:21 am
A court has requested a review of the conformity between a provision of the Special Anti-Sex Trafficking Act and the Constitution. The Constitutional Court will deliver its ruling within 180 days. Though the request is about the unconstitutionality of punishing prostitutes, the provision also contains punishment for their customers. Thus the Constitutional Court’s decision could affect the anti-prostitution law.Prostitution is technically illegal in Korea but many people know what massage parlors with large shingles on large roads in Seoul`s posh Gangnam district are for. Few countries make sex easily available as Korea. Laws are very strict but the sex trade is widespread, which is often blasted as hypocritical. Just a few unlucky perpetrators get caught. Countries have different laws on the sex trade based on their history and culture. Even nations that allows sex between adults based on an individual`s decision, do not punish sex trade, and manage where and how sex should take place must prevent other crimes such as sex trafficking, harassment and exploitation and keep their sexual culture intact.

Source: Donga

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