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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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.

Park Eun-jee, Korea Joongang Daily, 16 July 2014

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ahn sunju

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.”

Kim Tong-hyung, The Korea Times, 10 July 2014

 

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