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 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.
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.
42-year-old Park Jin-young married in October 2013 the second daughter of Yoo Byung-ho, the recently arrested younger brother of fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun.
As Park’s 62-year-old father-in-law is a key leader of the Salvation Sect cult, the prosecution is set to widen the scope of its probe into JYP Entertainment as part of its effort to verify a variety of charges against 73-year-old Yoo Byung-eun.
While investigators are looking into JYP’s bank accounts in coordination with the Financial Supervisory Service, some market insiders raised the possibility that the prosecution will soon summon Park.
Park has recently argued that he and his parents are not devotees of the Salvation Sect cult and he was paid nothing from the religious group.
JYP Entertainment agency also claimed that it has made no business partnership or cross-funding transactions with sister firms of Chonghaejin Marine Co., the operator of the tragic Sewol.
Meanwhile, foreign investors and corporate investors have continued to dump their stake in JYP Entertainment on the secondary KOSDAQ over the past few weeks.
While its closing price was 6,080 won ($5.96) per share on April 15, a day before the ferry tragedy, it has ranged between 4,200 won and 5,500 won won since. Foreigners’ shareholding ratio in the company has dropped to 0.42 percent, from 1.0 percent in early May.
New South Wales Fire and Rescue Commissioner Greg Mullins said firefighters were shocked to find young Japanese and Korean men cohabiting at a Sydney industrial site when they were called to the large inner-city blaze in the early hours of the morning.
The group were reportedly in their late teens and early 20s and from Japan and South Korea, although a New South Wales police spokeswoman could not confirm their identities.
“When (firefighters) arrived they thought they had a normal industrial fire, but within a couple of minutes it became a rescue operation,” Mullins told reporters.
“They were living in squalor. There were beds in old minibuses, a shipping container and an old caravan with a massive fire moving towards them.
“The firefighters had to shield the people from the heat to get them to safety. They were too frightened to move. There were 20-metre flames.”
In the Culture Section of the Joongang Ilbo on 24 June 2014, Sung So-young reports on the culture of older Korean men.
Chief inspector Kim Man-wuk, who works for the special victims unit at the North Chungcheong Provincial Police Agency, often has to take on sexual abuse cases involving vulnerable people such as minors or the mentally disabled.
But he recently got away from his daily routine to do something else: lecture elderly men in their 60s and 70s on what constitutes a sex crime.
Kim gave the talks at 14 different senior community centers within the province between March and May.
“Working for this special victims unit, I’ve realized many old men sexually harass little girls or women with intellectual disabilities in their neighborhoods,” said Kim.
The chief inspector arranged for the lectures to be conducted in plain language in the hopes of “preventing some sexual crimes by older people.”
“I asked them not to touch the breasts or private parts of girls even if they think the girls are cute and pretty,” said Kim.
The Supreme Court of Korea (appointed by Park Chung-hee) ruled in 1970 that legal remedies for physical violence against wives are inadmissible in Korean law courts and that even wife rape cannot be considered to be abuse in Korean law courts.
“You cannot rape your wife” is the headline for the Korea Times article. This is because forced sexual intercourse of a wife has not been regarded as rape by the Korean Supreme Court since 1970. Is the Korean Supreme Court thereby protecting the conjugal right of Korean men to engage in forced, violent sex with their wives?
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family in an effort to address this issue of conjugal rights announced on Monday (26 November) its 4th basic policy program involving women’s affairs for 2013-2017, the program is designed to prevent sexual and domestic violence and strengthen the punishment of violators.
The United Nations has long called on Korea to recognize wife rape.
“There has been opposition from legal circles but there is a need for serious discussion on the issue. Even among married couples, people have a right to choose and this should be part of the law,” said a female official from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family .
“The International Finance Center (IFC) in Yeouido is struggling to attract tenants for its two newly-opened office towers, denting Seoul City’s ambitious plan to make it Northeast Asia’s financial hub.
Seoul City signed a contract with AIG Real Estate allowing the latter to use the IFC site for 99 years in return for paying annual rent. From 2006 to 2010, AIG did not pay rent but from 2011 through 2017, it is required to pay 1 percent of the site’s appraised value.”
If Asia is a bicycle wheel, then the Hub of Asia is presumably Hong Kong.
Korea is on the rim.
A Korean woman had more success in the Korean courts than Lone Star in dealing with Korean financial products, as is related in the following story.
A 35-year-old Korean woman met a 33 year old Korean man through a friendly movie-going group in May 2010.
They dated until March 2011 then married in July 2011, after the Korean man artfully pretended that he had graduated from the economics departments of a leading private university in Seoul, was working for a trading company and had an apartment in Sillim-dong in southern Seoul.
After demanding a divorce the woman took the case to court and was awarded compensation of 67 million won ($60,000), including money spent on the wedding.