In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on May 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm
Al-Jazeera reported that some 200,000 South Korean youths run away from home annually, with many of them descending into the business of sex, according to a report by Seoul’s municipal government. A separate survey suggested that half of female runaways become prostitutes.
All these statistics fly in the face of South Korea’s stellar image as a society that consistently produces brilliant, hard-working, motivated students and technocrats. However, it is exactly that academic pressure (along with other family issues) that drives many of these teens onto the streets.
“No one ever told me it was wrong to prostitute myself, including my schoolteachers,” a runaway named Yu-ja told Al-Jazeera.
“I wish someone had told me. Girls should be taught that from an early age in class here in South Korea, but they aren’t.”
Not only is South Korea home to child and teen prostitution, but South Korean men are also driving such illicit trade in foreign countries, particularly in Southeast Asia, according to the Korean Institute of Criminology, based on surveys conducted in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Source: International Business Times
In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on April 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Immigration officers at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga have intercepted five Filipino women who were bound for South Korea and who were apparently victims of human trafficking.
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. disclosed that the women were intercepted last week as they were about to board a Cebu Pacific flight to Macau.
But when interviewed, the women reportedly admitted that their final destination was Incheon, South Korea where they were hired to work as nightclub entertainers, David said in a statement.
The women’s names were not divulged as the persons in trafficking act has prohibited the public disclosure of human traffickers and their victims, the BI said.
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In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on December 12, 2012 at 9:42 am
Leaflets advertising “full salon” service were handed out to passersby at night on Dec. 2 in a red-light district in Busan. “Full salon” service implies a customer can drink with a hostess and then have sex for money in the same building. By Song Bong-geun
After the sex trade law went into effect on Sept. 23, 2004, the number of old-style red-light districts in Korea decreased, but prostitution has taken on new forms and began popping up in areas where people live and send their children to school.
Now prostitutes practice their trade in room salons, massage parlors and officetels, dual purpose buildings used for both commercial and residential purposes. These new setups allow pimps to more discretely arrange sex for money.
A team of JoongAng Ilbo reporters investigated how these prostitution places are operating in the country’s major cities, including Seoul, Busan, Gwangju and Ulsan, in November.
On Nov. 2, at a red-light district near Yeongdeungpo Station, western Seoul, one brothel was under renovation. “That one is pretty popular among customers. That’s how they have the money to remodel,” a nearby merchant told the JoongAng Ilbo.
Source: Korea Joongang Daily