Greenpeace set up a GoPro camera in Montana’s spectacular Glacier National Park, USA, to shoot a timelapse of its incredible landscape in order to raise awareness on the effect of global warming on glaciers.

Things were all going to plan until an inquisitive marmot decided the camera was much more interesting than the gorgeous backdrop being filmed, and bounded uphill to check it out. After giving the GoPro a good clean with its wet tongue, the marmot bowled the camera over, thus ending Greenpeace’s grand plans of an environmental message.

On the bright side, Greenpeace said the marmot had given “the best photobomb in Greenpeace history” and decided to use the message to promote a different campaign altogether.

An online campaigner for Greenpeace, Dawn Bickett, said: “Though we didn’t capture the timelapse video of Glacier National Park that we intended to, we captured something much cooler… Marmot Love.

“This marmot took a minute out of its busy day to show us some love. It’s time for us to do the same. Global warming is shrinking marmot habitat — alpine tundra. Help protect his home from climate change.”

Greenpeace Marmot Love

Kylie McLaughlin, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 August 2014

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“According to a study titled Alcohol Effects On Performance Monitoring and Adjustment: Affect Modulation and Impairment of Evaluative Cognitive Control, alcohol doesn’t limit our ability to know what’s right and wrong, instead, it takes away our capacity to care.”

Livia Gamble, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 August 2014

Although alcohol is not used a defence for sexual crimes in Australia, it is enabled in Korea as part of Clause 10 of the Criminal Law of Korea, as noted in the following article in The Korea Herald from 2010.

“Alcohol is generously accepted as a necessary evil. In Korea, it is also a reason for lighter punishment for some crimes, especially sexual violence. A gruesome case of child rape has recently prompted Koreans to wonder whether such long-standing leniency should stay.

The nation was shocked after it was learned last month that a 57-year-old man raped 8-year-old child, leaving her sexually disabled and having to rely on a colostomy bag due to her missing organs.

The repeat sexual offender, named Cho Doo-soon, was given a sentence commutation for temporary mental disorder caused by drunkenness

Clause 10 of the present criminal law states that those who lack legal capacity due to mental disorder are to be given a commuted sentence and is largely applied to sexual violence cases committed while intoxicated.”

Bae Hyun-jung. The Korea Herald, 30 March 2010

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In a joint survey, matchmaking companies Only You and Bien Aller asked 546 divorced men and women why they stopped having sex with their former partners.

Nearly 33 percent of the men and 29 percent of women said that their partners had simply ceased to be interesting to them.

Koh Dong-wan, The Korea Times, 13 August 2014

Given the ubiquity of sexually attractive women for hire in Korea this is not a surprising survey result.

“It’s impossible to go anywhere in this country without being faced with a constant barrage of prostitution venues. Of course, they often masquerade as something else- massage parlors, karaoke rooms, barber shops, tea shops, PC rooms, bars, rest houses, etc., but they all offer at least the possibility of sex.

It’s not exactly comforting to walk around in the middle of the day and see middle-aged men in business suits going into cheap motels on their lunch breaks or after work before returning home to their families.”

The Grand Narrative, 29 January 2010

 

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Lee Eun-jong, 47, a Handong Global University professor, was arrested for allegedly groping a sleeping woman on an airplane, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Lee was arrested by FBI agents after the plane from Tokyo landed at Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday night.

During the United Airlines flight, the victim awoke to find Lee’s hand on her shirt, touching her breast through her clothing, the complaint alleges.

Lee then allegedly touched the victim’s neck and attempted to place his hand down her shirt.  When she told him to stop touching her, he quickly left his seat and headed to the bathroom, the complaint alleges.

The woman reported it to flight crew members, who contacted the FBI.

Lee, who was charged with abusive sexual contact, showed up in Newark Federal Court Monday. He did not enter a plea.  If convicted, he faces up to two years in jail and $250,000 in fines.

Jung Min-ho, The Korea Times, 13 August 2014

The famous professor may have confused an airplane flying from Tokyo to Newark with a bus travelling from Seoul to Pohang, the home of the world renowned Pohang Global University.

The Grand Narrative, 13 April 2011

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Bae Dong-in, a Korean Education Ministry official, has been accused of saying, “Women with large breasts are dumb” in front of Korean Education Center New Zealand  staff, and of frequently using abusive language toward them.

A KECNZ staffer said Bae also “sexually humiliated” female employees with unwanted comments about the efficacy of small red penises or gochu.

In July of last year, the former director of the KECNZ was forced to return to Korea over accusations of misappropriating school funds. Bae replaced him the following month and has sat and stalked around the New Zealand office since then.

Jung Min-ho, The Korea Times, 13 August 2014

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One of Gimhae Arport’s X-ray machines detected several “unusual objects” in a Japanese tourist’s bag, which turned out to be six leather bags packed with a kilogram of methamphetamine each, destined for Busan’s burgeoning tweaker trade.

Kim Tong-hyung, The Korea Times, 27 July 2014

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Some men and women from China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), the Philippines, Mongolia, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Timor-Leste, and Uzbekistan are subjected to forced labor in South Korea; some women from these countries are subjected to forced prostitution.

The Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. South Korean women are subjected to forced prostitution in Korea and abroad, including in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Dubai, Taiwan, and Macau.

Some women enter destination countries on tourist, work, or student visas, and are subsequently forced into prostitution in massage parlors, room salons, bars, restaurants, or through internet-advertised escort services.

Many victims are coerced into prostitution by loan sharks, to whom the victims owe debts, and entertainment establishment owners, who work with loan sharks. Traffickers threaten victims with deportation, harm to family members, or seizure of passports

South Korean children are increasingly vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation through online recruitment. Some 200,000 South Korean girls run away from home annually; in need of money for living expenses and shelter, some are subjected to prostitution. Family members or Korean criminal networks recruit children from Southeast Asian countries with false promises of employment and subsequently force them into prostitution in South Korea.

South Korean men engage in child sex tourism in Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Some Korean fishing crew members engage in commercial sex with children in Kiribati.

NGOs and media alleged officials from the Korean Media Rating Board (KMRB), part of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, granted women E-6 entertainment visas, knowing the women were at risk of being sexually exploited, forced into prostitution, and held under debt bondage

More than 2,500 foreign women face debt bondage in “juicy bars” near U.S. military bases. Some women from Mongolia, Laos, and Nepal are recruited for marriage to South Korean men through international marriage brokers and are subjected to forced prostitution or forced labor subsequent to their arrival.

An NGO reported that the national government maintains a list of massage parlors that subject blind masseuses to forced prostitution, and allegedly enjoy official sanction or protection. Another NGO reported the municipal, provincial, and national governments owned land in the red light district of Yongjugol, Gyeonggi Province. Women in the red light districts are forced into prostitution through debt bondage and confinement, and they reported that police officers do not enforce anti-trafficking laws, but instead frequent brothels themselves.

South Korean men remain a source of demand for child sex tourism in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, traveling primarily on travel-agency-organized golf group tours or business trips.

However, the government has not prosecuted or convicted any Korean sex tourists during the past seven years.

The ROK is not a party to the 2000 UN TIP Protocol.

Recommendations for the Republic of Korea:

Become a party to the 2000 UN TIP Protocol.

US Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report, p. 232

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Kiribati is a source country for girls subjected to sex trafficking within the country. Crew members, mainly South Korean men on foreign fishing vessels in Kiribati or in its territorial waters around Tarawa, exploit children. A local NGO has reported that as many as 50 I-Kiribati girls, some as young as 12, may be subjected to forced prostitution in local bars, hotels, and aboard vessels.

US Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report 2014 p. 229

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According to data released by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) on Wednesday, 49.4% of male respondents age 15 to 19 said that they are “positive” about going under the knife to improve their appearance.

32.6% of Korean males aged 20-60 also declared that they are “positive” about using plastic surgery to improve their appearance.

A 2011 survey found that personal vanity was the greatest concern for for males age 15 to 19, with appearance being ranked Korea No. 3 with study No. 1 and career No. 2.

Koh Dong-wan, The Korea Times, 17 July 2014

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The weak economic outlook in Korea has forced companies to favour cheaper, younger recruits over more expensive older employees.

About 56 percent of total requests from recruiters for the first five months of 2014 were for workers with less than five years experience.

Kim Ji-yoon, Korea Joongang Daily. 16 July 2014

 

 

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