More than 20 female students have stated that a 54-year-old Seoul National University (SNU) professor groped them.

On Thursday SNU announced it would approve the professor’s voluntary resignation letter.

If SNU upholds its decision, the professor will not see a cut in his severance pay or his pension. His records will also be clean and he will be able to apply for employment at other universities. The school’s investigation into the accusations, which is being conducted by the campus human rights center, will also close because he will no longer be a faculty member.

“It will take an exhaustive amount of time for us to decide whether to discipline him or not,” said Kim Byeong-mun, dean of SNU’s academic affairs, adding that the students who are required to take the professor’s courses will suffer in the long run should the probe continue.

But a university official who asked for anonymity calls this a “lame excuse.”

“It’s preposterous to let him go when the investigation is at its peak,” the official said.

The official added that sexual abuse “runs rampant” on Korean campuses.

Lee Sung-eun, Joongang Daily, 29 November 2014

That would be sexual abuse by both Korean professors and Korean students? Korean universities perhaps not the safest place to study for female students from both Korea and abroad?

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A poll by marriage agencies Bien-Aller and Only-U asked 534 single Korean men and women what they feared when it came to potential life partners.

34.5% of Korean men are concerned that potential mates may have been involved in the sex trade, the survey found.

Korea Times 17 October 2014

According to the Korean Ministry of Gender Equality more than 500 000 women worked in the Korean sex industry in 2007. As there are 10 million Korean females between the ages of 13 and 43 in South Korea, that is 1 in 20 Korean women were working in the Korean sex industry in 2007. After the Global Financial Crisis in late 2007 that figure of 500 000 is likely to be much higher.

Korean Government Report on Sex Industry and Prostitution in 2007

According to the Hankyoreh newspaper, there were 120 000 middle school and high school girls living on the streets of Korea in 2012, with 60 000 of them surviving through prostitution. With the slowdown in the Korean economy – as Chinese smartphone manufacturers surpassed Samsung’s sales in China – the number of vulnerable teenage Korean girls is likely to be much higher.

As there are 1.8 million Korean girls between the ages of 13 and 18, about 3.5% of Korean female teenagers resort to prostitution to survive. i.e. One in every classroom.

These prostitution figures do not take into account Korean women who resort to occasional prostitution. e.g. Skipping a semester to work in a room salon to pay credit card debt, skipping a year for a working girl’s holiday in Australia to pay for accumulated college tuition debt and call out services to motels to pay for credit card debts of indigent boyfriends.

The Korean Feminist Association claims that 20% of Korean women either are, or have been, prostitutes.

Thus, between 5% and 20% of the time those 34.5% of Korean males in the survey suspicious of their potential spouses would be correct.

Um Ji-won, Park A-reum and Heo Seung, The Hankyroreh 19 September 2012

The Korean prostitution industry is valued at USD 13 billion per annum and employs 500 000 Korean prostitutes. This means that the 28 000 US service men and women protecting South Korea and the 10 000 English teachers in South Korea have been busy spending an average of USD 35 000 each on Korean prostitutes per year. That’s USD 95 a day for each US soldier, airman, sailor and non-Korean English teacher. i.e 2 Korean prostitutes are bought every 24 hours by every US soldier, airman, sailor and non-Korean English teacher in South Korea.

The US State Department estimates that there were only 200,000 to 300,000 prostitutes working in Thailand in 2008.

US State Department 2008 Human Rights Report: Thailand

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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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성햔아

Sung Hyun-ah 성햔아 charged for (sic) prostitution

Korea Joongang Daily

June 25 2014

The Suwon District Court’s Ansan branch yesterday charged actress Sung Hyun-ah with prostitution and fined her 2 million won ($1,963).

In December, the 38-year-old actress was indicted for receiving money from a businessman in exchange for having sexual relations with him. The prosecutors stated that in 2010 the then 34 year old Sung met up with a man three times and received 50 million won (~ USD 50 000) in return. Sung countersued in January, according to press reports, and the first trial was held in February.

The actress’s lawyer noted “there is nothing to say about the case,” and added that they will expose the truth on the final judgment day, Aug. 8.

Having debuted in 1994 as a runner-up for Miss Korea, Sung has since pursued an acting career and starred in some successful drama series.

But the celebrity’s path as an entertainer hasn’t been rosy; when she was 25 years old in 2001, she was sentenced to eight months in prison for drug use.

By Kim Hee-eun, contributing writer

In 2012 the Joseon Ilbo reported that: “Almost 60 percent of (the 111 actresses who responded to a survey by the Korean Women’s Development Institute) said they believed rejecting sexual advances would disadvantage their careers, and 48.4 percent said they had in fact lost out on appearances on shows because they refused.”

The prostitution allegedly occurred 3 times 4 years ago. Was there any forensic evidence still extant? Did the Korean businessman’s bank accounts show a deposit in Ms Sung’s accounts? Or did the court rely solely on the testimony of an admitted prostitution customer? How did the police find out? Was the Korean businessman boasting in a room salon and one of his seonbae hunted down Ms Sung was peremptorily rejected and in a fit of hwabyeong whinged to the Korea National Police?

Update

The Korea Times reported on 24 June 2014 that: “Prosecutors are seeking a 3 million won fine for the businessman, 49, identified only as Chae, and an 18-month jail term for another man, Kang, 40, who allegedly set up the actress with Chae.”

Was the set up arranged in a golf club?

The Korea Times also provided a photo.

Sung Hyun-ah 02

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“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.

Lee Hyo-sik, Korea Times, 26 November 2012

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.

Korea Times, 26 November 2012

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“Almost 60 percent of (the 111 actresses who responded to a survey by the Korean Women’s Development Institute) said they believed rejecting sexual advances would disadvantage their careers, and 48.4 percent said they had in fact lost out on appearances on shows because they refused.”

That means approximately 20% (11.6% of 60%) always provided sexual favours for Korean bosses to get jobs, and the other 40% sometimes didn’t provide sexual favours for some chaebol bosses and thereby sometimes lost jobs but got jobs at other times?

“Chaebol bosses were cited as the most common group of people seeking sex with the stars, cited by 43.9 percent of respondents, followed by TV producers and directors with 38.6 percent.

Among aspiring actresses surveyed, 72.3 percent were forced to go on a diet and 58.7 percent said they were told to have plastic surgery.

“Each year, 48,000 aspiring actresses graduate from various acting schools in major cities, and there is no way of telling how many more women are hired by small talent agencies,” a National Human Rights Commission official said.”

Chosun Ilbo, 5 November 2012

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When I pass my TOEIC Test
I’m going to the job that is best
When I have the magic S Line
I’m going to be a waitress in the sky

I’m going to be a waitress in the sky
It’s a job that is so fine
It’s a job with a lot of stress
But I get to wear a cocktail dress

Kim Jung-yoon, Joongang Daily, 29 September 2012

Waitress in the sky

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Workers and bosses in the Korean sex industry are demanding the scrapping or revision of anti-prostitution laws.

Since the enactment of the anti-prostitution laws in 2004, tens of thousands of Korean male and female prostitutes have left Korea to work in Japan, the USA, Canada and Australia.

Prostitution is legal in some parts of the last three countries, reducing the need for pimps, bongo van drivers, fruit cutter-uppers and waiters; this enables Korean prostitutes to retain a larger share of their earnings, than they would be allowed to keep by their Korean bosses.

Korea Times 26 September 2012

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“Propofol – the drug that killed Michael Jackson – has become a public health menace, particularly in Gangnam, the wealthiest and trendiest region of the country.

Despite the government’s effort to prevent the abuse of propofol, it’s not hard to get, even on the Internet. When the JoongAng Ilbo posted “propofol selling” on Korean Internet portal sites, messages that read “We sell propofol, e-mail us please,” were found easily.

Propofol is a hypnotic agent used to induce sedation. Recreationally, it can produce a feeling of euphoria and also a feeling of having slept well, which is what Jackson used it for.

According to a study conducted by the National Forensic Service, a total of 36 people died of overdoses of propofol between 2000 and 2011. The study said 28, or 77.8 percent, were women and 15 of them, or 41.7 percent, were doctors, nurses or hospital workers.”

Kim Min-sang, Kwon Sang-soo Joongang Daily, 27 September 2012

Not hard to get

Even on the internet

Messages that read

“We sell propofol,

e-mail us please,”

were found easily.

Canuckistani sub-editor at the Joongang Daily is a poetry major? Have we witnessed the publication birth of the next PSY of Gangnam?

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트랜스젠더 토크쇼 방송 보류에 ‘비난 봇물’

“KBS network has decided to cut* its latest talk show “XY She” after complaints about the program that boasts a panel of transgender contestants.

A network spokesperson said it is too early to tell if the show will be scrapped altogether.

“It will be the nation’s first transgender talk show,” said a spokesperson for KBS in August.

“Obviously, we thought there would be no one better to host the show than the nation’s first ‘out’ celebrity, Hong Suk-chun.”

Carla Sunwoo, Joongang Daily, 17 September 2012

* Yet another Canuckistani sub-editor giggling all the way to the bank

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