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Korean hookers in Sydney

July 4th, 2005 . by Matt

I have been telling my friends that the number of Korean hookers and brothels in Sydney have been increasing manyfold in the past few months. I know by my power of observation, and by the type of Korean girl that I have been seeing in the city of Sydney (yeah, I recognise an 588 when I see one). My friends have been skeptical about my claims, but I have just come across an article in the Korean Choson Ilbo that confirms what I always thought.

Korean Sex Workers Look for Greener Pastures

Korean sex workers are moving abroad after new anti-prostitution laws made the world’s oldest profession more difficult at home, police say.

They are heading for the U.S., Canada and Australia, but some settle for countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan better known for export rather than import of sex workers.

I am pretty sure most of the ones in Sydney are on the working holiday visa. It continues –

Dedicated web groups are awash with advertisements drawing prostitutes abroad. A typical post on one such site boasting no fewer than 1,430 members – cafe.daum.net/zonesogeso – read, “We know that in Korea these days, unemployment, the recession and the Special Law on Prostitution make it hard to earn even half of what you made before. Try a new start in the U.S. W8-10 million a month in a bar, W18-24 million a month in a massage parlor guaranteed. Advances possible. We take care of visas and bad credit.”

Just so you know, 18 million won = AUD$22 000.

Any comments on this one (especially my friends that doubted me!)?


Well educated Koreans Anti American

July 3rd, 2005 . by Matt

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This news story confirms what I have always thought about Korean Anti Americanism.

In South Korea, 69.2 percent of those with low education think the United States is a positive influence, while only 45.8 percent of those with a high education agree.

Some people have claimed that the higher the education, the less Anti American (or anti-anything) they are, but that has been belied by my personal observations and this study. In anything to do with foreign countries, the more educated the Korean, the worse opinion he has of them.

With this data, I dont think people can dismiss Koreans that are prejudiced against foreigners as ‘uneducated’.


Live 8 fails to attract attention in Japan

July 2nd, 2005 . by Matt

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In the run up to the G8 conference, Live 8 has been trying to raise money for the African poor and put pressure on the G8 to set aside $50 billion of aid for Africa. However, it seems the Japanese public are no longer interested in African causes.

CHIBA (AP) The worldwide Live 8 charity extravaganza got off to a bit of an anticlimactic start Saturday, as Bjork and Good Charlotte joined a handful of Japanese bands for a concert that failed to generate much interest in Asia’s only G-8 nation.

Added on to the Live 8 list at the last minute, the concert in Japan drew about 10,000 people, all of whom were selected in a lottery. The Makuhari Messe venue normally holds about 20,000.

I dont blame the Japanese for not being interested in sending money to Africa. Countless billions of dollars has been sent to Africa, with no noticeable effect except further enriching the rich in Africa.

Live 8 seeks to pressure the G8 into giving $50 billion for aid in Africa, yet corruption in African governments costs the African people $148 billion per year. If they could halve that corruption, then they would not need $50 billion in aid.

There is a lot of evidence that ‘aid’ actually hinders the reform of African governments. Aid sent by well meaning people in developing countries (The West, and Japan) is used to propagate bad, often socialistic command style economic and social policies in Africa.

The real problem in Africa is corrupt African governments, not colonialism. Its time to assist the African people in a concrete way by helping them get rid of the governments that are keeping them down. We can help by not sending aid and allowing the governments to collapse, giving Africans a chance at clean government.


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