Human Traffic Watch

Koreans drive demand for child prostitution in Southeast Asia

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 8, 2013 at 9:17 am
Among foreigners visiting Southeast Asia, South Koreans are the majority group driving demand for child prostitution across the region, according to the state-run Korean Institute of Criminology.

The institute published a report on the involvement of South Koreans in the sex trade throughout Southeast Asia on Tuesday based on year-long on-site surveys conducted in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines.

The report said there are no statistics showing how many South Koreans annually buy sex from minors in each country. However, many police officers and civic activists the institute’s researchers met cited South Koreans as the “No. 1 source of demand for child sex trafficking,” the institute said.

“If the testimony from many underage prostitutes, police officers and human rights groups is true, South Koreans are the biggest customers of the child sex industry in the region. That’s very shameful for the country.”

Source: Korea Times

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