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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Korea Customs Service has seized 40.4 kilograms of methamphetamine in the first 6 months of 2014.
The amount of methamphetamine smuggled within the past six months has already surpassed the total for all of 2013.
The number of drug-smuggling cases uncovered by the Korea Customs Service has risen from 150 in 2009 to 232 in 2012.
In an interview with Naver sports columnist Lee Young-mi, Ahn Sun-ju described playing in Japan as a liberating experience. She said that when she competed in Korea, her ability as a golfer was never enough.
“Some (potential Korean) sponsors even demanded I get a plastic surgery and for other favors,” she said. “Companies did not consider me as a golf athlete, only that I was a woman. It mattered most to them was whether my appearance was marketable. I was deeply hurt by that.”
Ahn Sun-ju, 26, has won 16 tournaments, including three this year, and banked 500 million yen (about $5 million) prize money since joining the JLPGA in 2010.
While Ahn definitely has the talent to extend her dominance to her home country, do not expect her to visit Korea anytime soon due to the unreasonable demands of Korean businessmen.
Ahn her made pro debut with the KLPGA in 2006 and won six tournaments before jumping to the JPLGA. But despite her stellar play, she struggled to find a corporate sponsor in Korea.
“As you can see, I do not have a pretty face, I am not thin, I am not what you would call sexy,” Ahn said. “But does that mean I shouldn’t be playing golf?
“Japanese companies, on the other hand, focused on my ability as a golfer. They are more concerned about my performance and how I treat my fans. I am being sponsored by six Japanese companies, including a clothing brand.”
According to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office, Thursday, a 37-year-old woman, surnamed Lee, sued former Vice Justice Minister Kim Hak-eui on Tuesday, insisting that she was raped by Kim at a villa owned by businessman Yun Jung-cheon in Gangwon Province and that Kim recorded the incident.
She also accused Yun Jung-cheon, who was placed behind bars last year for fraud, breach of trust and other illicit acts, of taking part in the videotaping of Kim raping her.
The controversial video footage that reportedly showed Kim having sex with a woman surfaced last year, attracting keen public attention. The footage led the prosecution to begin a probe. Kim faced allegations that he had sex with a women hired by Yun and used illegal drugs in parties held at the businessman’s vacation home in Gangwon Province between 2006 and 2008. However, Kim was cleared of charges in November.
The prosecution said it tracked Kim’s whereabouts at the time of the incident through mobile phone positioning and found he was elsewhere. Investigators closed the case, citing a lack of evidence. It also said the statements of witnesses were inconsistent. At the time, Lee said the woman appearing in the footage was not her.
However, Lee changed her story and now says that it was her having sex with Kim. She also accused Yun of forcing her to have sex with five businessmen.
In a recent interview with a local daily, Lee said she decided to come clean as it was hard for her to live a normal life without revealing the truth. ”I decided to ask the prosecution to reopen the case because I wanted people to know the truth. I don’t want to hide anymore. I haven’t committed any crime and will not be held down like a slave,” Lee said.
The prosecution said investigators will go over Lee’s petition to check whether there is something uncovered by the previous investigation.
Ada Liu (34) met Korean singer Hwang Chansung (24) when they were participants on the Chinese dating entertainment show “If You Love.”
She told the press, “I’m thankful that the program introduced me to someone who shines so much and makes my heart throb.”
“My boyfriend has met my parents, and my parents liked him.”
Chan-sung’s seniors at agency JYP Entertainment (whose owner is a nephew-in-law of fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byeung-eun) were quick to deny Hwang’s love for Liu with the implication that the relationship was only for publicity purposes for the Chinese Noona Market.
Park Jin-young has engaged in strenuous activity to deny the jilted noona story of Ada Liu. Park Jin-young’s time and energy would be better spent helping Korean law enforcement authorities catch his fugitive uncle-in-law, Yoo Byung-eun, the owner of the ferry that sank with the loss of more than 300 lives, many of them children, on 16 April 2014.
Park Jin-young’s agency in further neglect of aiding in the capture of fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun, have expended enormous amounts of time and energy in promoting Chansung’s 2PM stablemate and fellow noona idol Nichkhun.
“Nichkhun has established himself as an actor through ‘One and a Half Summer,’ and became a new rising star in China. Please root (sic) for his success,” his agency JYP Entertainment is quoted as saying.
In 2013, 1 in 6 marriages in Korea were Noona Marriages and TV dramas and songs that highlight this phenomenon have become popular marketing techniques for selling young Korean male entertainers into Chinese and Japanese Noona markets.
All the members of 2PM, except Minjun, have assiduously courted the Noona Market as can be seen from this transcript of an interview with Ginger Magazine.
Wooyoung: Age wise, it would be about 5 years older than me.
Taecyeon: It’s the same for me. I am okay with someone 10 years older.
Chansung: .I don’t care about age.
Junho: I don’t make a fuss over age too.
Nichkhun: I love older women in general.
Minjun: Her outer appearance should be cute with a lovely smile. If on the inside, she has good judgement and is able to hold her own opinion then that’s perfect!
Following the failure of the City of Busan to persuade foreign theme park owners, such as Disney and Universal Studios, to invest in the designated tourism precinct in the east of Busan, Korean entertainment agencies are considering forming a consortium to construct Noona World, to attract Chinese and Japanese noonas to provide employment for young Korean men, thousands of whom have left Busan over the last decade to seek similar work in Seoul. The consortium is also considering the formation of a super group to be called Noona Boyz.
The Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea, under presiding judge Lee Sang-hoon, on 6 July 2014 upheld lower court verdicts against a 57 year old monk’s six-year prison sentence for rape and murder.
The monk from the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, was convicted for raping and inflicting fatal injuries with a wooden instrument on a woman, 20.
The monk was also sentenced for raping and beating another woman to “exorcise all the ghosts from her body”.
After assaulting the women, the monk bound their hands and legs and kept them in solitary confinement.
The monk claimed the sex was consensual, a claim that the court rejected.