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Huge prostitution ring in Vietnam broken

March 17th, 2007 . by Matt

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A Korean pimp has had his prostitution racket broken up by the Vietnamese police.

VietNamNet Bridge – The waitresses of the Cheers Entertainment Centre came to some big hotels in Hanoi to serve foreigners under the guidance of their Korean boss, Ko Ka Bok.

On March 14 the People’s Court of Hanoi sentenced Ko Ka Bok to five years’ imprisonment for prostitution mediation.

Five people who helped Ko Ka Bok monitor prostitutes were sentenced to from two years’ probation to six years’ imprisonment.

Cheers Centre is located in the Heritage Hotel, Hanoi. The Korean owner hired this place to open nine karaoke rooms, with 95 waitresses at the age of 18 to 20.

Up to 95% of the ‘customers’ of Cheers were foreigners, who have to pay US$100-150/time. Prostitutes received 40% of the amount.

Hanoi police detected illegal activities of Cheers in late May 2005 when they made a raid to some hotels in Hanoi and caught red-handed ten prostitutes of Cheers with their customers.

Ko Ka Bok immediately ran away. However, he was arrested in the morning of May 30, 2005 at an airport.

It seems like quite a big operation, and by targeting foreigners he was able to charge high prices by local standards. Koreans have become quite prominent in the prostitution industry in my home town of Sydney. I wonder if they are as dominant in that industry elsewhere.


75 Responses to “Huge prostitution ring in Vietnam broken”

  1. comment number 1 by: egg

    egg, what you have said is all true, however, it’s a story about Korean pimps slipping the small and slimy tentacles of their network to all the nooks and crannies of the world.

    It’s not a story about Japan. Let’s stay focused.

    Errol Thank you for your reply. I have no intention to offend you but it seems my viewpoint to the article is a bit different from yours. I am not sure wether I can express my ideas accurately.But I will try.

    In No.8, I took this articles as violation of human rights(abusing girls). If the supporters of the comfort woman doesn`t criticise it, I thought they will lose legitimacy for blaming Japan. In my idea the comfort woman issue is a probrem of abusing human rights. It cannot be said that when Korean private man does it, there is no need for blaming but when the Japanese government uses it, it can be blamed.( I think I can sympasize with the supporters of the comfort woman to some ammount if they are criticising this loudly.)In my opinion both are wrong. (I know you might say prostitution was legal in those days but no one will say like that when it comes to slavery systems.)So pimp`s nationality means something but not the main focus for me.

    To this comment No.8, I understand that smackout pointed out that Japanese are doing the same thing.

    In my understandings, if it is the probrem of abusing human rights, it is on topix.
    Anyway, I would like to hear the situation of Japanese owners cheating girls.(I think not all the cases of low wages are cases of cheating though. But on the other hand I understand it is a nuissance for Australian people.)I don`t have any power to prevent them now but I want to know what is happening in Australia. You can`t improve your society if you don`t know about the probrems happening.
    Thank you.

  2. comment number 2 by: shadkt

    Koreans are so easy to bash Japan, but why aren’t they cracking down on these protitution rings done by their countrymen in Korean and overseas? Have they verified that ALL the women are doing it from their own free will???
    This is not some ambigous 60 years ago.
    This is NOW.
    Korean governments should hussle and get the record straight.

  3. comment number 3 by: egg

    Thank you for your reply, infimum.

    At least the girls who had no chance but to prostitute themslves are not the ones to blame, I think.
    I understand that something must be done to prevent them from braking the Australian law but that is another matter(in my understandings).

    I thought that this article was about not only braking the laws but cases violating humanity. I focussed on the later part. I was intending to make comments about morals, humanity, and not about braking laws.

    I don’t think your analogy works. In case of prostitution, prostitutes are arrested and punished too. That’s law.

    When you commented this I should have reallised that you were talking about law issue, but sorry I hadn`t. And I shouldn`t have used the terms of law “emergency evacuation” to descrive my thoughts. To the question about laws, I have nothing to disagree. Prostitution is illegal I think in Australia.
    Thank you.

  4. comment number 4 by: infimum

    Wait a second. Prostitution is LEGAL in Australia! Heidi “Hollywood Madam” Fleiss is involved in Daily Planet (their site)
    Forget what I said.

  5. comment number 5 by: egg

    I couldn`t see the link you provided.
    Will you kindly tell me about the contents please?

  6. comment number 6 by: infimum

    Here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daily_Planet_(property_trust)
    http://www.dailyplanet.com.au/

    I even gathered that they even issue visas to prostitutes.

  7. comment number 7 by: egg

    infimum, I was able to see them. Forget comment No.54. I should have checked more before answering your question. Sorry for that. When did you notice it? All from the beggining No.39? If your intention was to mock me, I have to admit you have done it completly. You taught me a good lesson, Thank you. It is a sad story though.

  8. comment number 8 by: egg

    I mistook in the above comments 54 to 55.
    I didn`t see No.56 before posting 57.
    Anyway thank you for 56.

  9. comment number 9 by: infimum

    If your intention was to mock me, I have to admit you have done it completly. You taught me a good lesson, Thank you. It is a sad story though.

    I mistook in the above comments 54 to 55.
    I didn`t see No.56 before posting 57.
    Anyway thank you for 56.

    Sorry I don’t understand what you said here. Are you accusing me or thanking me for something?

  10. comment number 10 by: egg

    Was it my misunderstandings? If so, sorry for that.
    I thought you were trying to make me say prostitution is illegal in Australia though all the time you knew it wasn`t. I thought you were laughing at my reply for not cheking the evidence enough.
    “Thank you for 56” is meant for providing a new link at 56.

  11. comment number 11 by: Ken

    Someone seem to have said that Japanese people were angry about Japanese girl’s serving as hostess in Australia but I do not think so.
    Just they do not believe that most of the girls are prostituting like Koreans.
    If Japanese girls want to prostisute to earn money, they would do it in Japan because the price is almost same between Japan and Australia, it is easier to save money in their home land and the home land with health insurance or so is safer for this kind of risky biz than abroad.
    There are many Japanese hostesses in night club in NY, London, etc. but they are not prostituting.
    On the other hand, I know the brothel with Korean girls in NY.

  12. comment number 12 by: camphortree

    egg says,

    I would like to hear the situation of Japanese owners cheating girls.

    In my city of population of about 300,000 in the Midwest of America where I live, there are dozens of Japanese restaurants. They seem to come and go quite frequently. Only one Japanese restaurant that has been in the town for decades happens to be owned by an ethnic Japanese, and the rest I have known are owned and run by either ethnic Koreans or Chinese. I happen to like the one that is newly opened by an ethnic Chinese the best. The owner said that he had worked in some “real” Japanese restaurants in New York and learned how to make Japanese food. His dish is more authentic Japanese food than the one I can make.
    I have been to numerous so called Japanese restaurants in California. Most of the interior decor is a mishmash of garish Fujiyama-Geisha paintings and tourism souveniors from Taiwan, China, Vietnam and unknown origin. One time, a basket of tempura included half a stalk of deep fried celery, and there was a long line of people outside of the front door.
    The “Japanese restaurants” are owned by people of a variety of nationalities. A very small percentage of owners seems to be Japanese.

  13. comment number 13 by: Ken

    Here is the proof that Korean gov recruited Comfort Women.
    http://bbs.enjoykorea.jp/tbbs/read.php?board_id=thistory&page=5&nid=1839518
    Gov’s participation in recruit is called coercion in Korean definition, isn’t it?
    What do you say, Mike Honda?

  14. comment number 14 by: egg

    Camphortree, thank you very much for your information. If it is so, I would be relieved a bit, but it may not be the case smackout is refering.

    we CAN refer to Japan here because they are doing the same thing..

    I thought his/her intention of “they” to be Japanese owners, not japanese restaurant owners. Maybe it`s not, though. Anyway I would like to hear more about the issue.
    Thank you.

  15. comment number 15 by: camphortree

    egg said,

    I thought his/her intention of “they” to be Japanese owners, not japanese restaurant owners. Maybe it`s not, though. Anyway I would like to hear more about the issue.

    Run,egg,run!
    Before one of those Korean cyber pimps snatch you to a place where you are expected to serve in a permanent debt under whatever claims he could make out.

  16. comment number 16 by: egg

    Thank you for your reply, camphortree.
    But I am rather puzzled with your comment.

    Run,egg,run!
    Before one of those Korean cyber pimps snatch you to a place where you are expected to serve in a permanent debt under whatever claims he could make out.

    Are you kind of joking?
    Or have I made you angry for something? If so, I would like to know the reason and apologize for that.

    I feel sorry for my lack of English skills or maybe common sense.
    It might be that I shouldn`t post here, though I enjoy hearing other`s opinion against my thoughts very much…

  17. comment number 17 by: Matt

    It might be that I shouldn`t post here, though I enjoy hearing other`s opinion against my thoughts very much…

    Do not feel intimidated. Occidentalism comments are like the wild west. Just go with the flow.

  18. comment number 18 by: camphortree

    Hi egg,
    心配おかけして、ご免なさいね。純真で勉強好きなあなたが、勇気をふるって議論に参加されている事に、心から敬意を表します。だから、投稿を続けて下さいね。
    このthreadは、韓国人の女衒(ぜげん)が、ベトナムの首都で、現地人の女の子達を売春させていた事についての議論でした。この様に、韓国に不利な議論が始まると、ネット世界では、どこからともなくスマックアウト氏の様な人が、必ず現れます。そして、議論の焦点を韓国から、日本へと移し、日本人を貶める方向への方向転換を計ります。このthreadも、いつの間にか、韓国人女衒の犯罪行為を議論する事からズレてしまい、いつの間にか、日本人女の子が、いかに性的に引っかけやすいか、だらしないか、と言う方向に向かいましたね。それが、スマックアウト氏の、最初からの目的だったのです。スマックアウト氏は、サイバー女衒です。彼の計略に引っかけられない様に、お互い気を付けましょうね。

  19. comment number 19 by: GarlicBreath

    Koreans are getting quite a reputation in Vietnam.

    communication problems that her husband often tried to solve by slapping her in the face.

  20. comment number 20 by: egg

    camphortree, thank you very much for your kind reply. I think I completely understood your intentions. Thank you again.
    I tried not to open my natoinaliy because when I say something, people might think “He is saying like that just because he is Japanese”. I wanted to talk with people by the contents without an influence of prejudice. (It may sound a bit arrogant but please, no intention of offence.)
    But as you replied me so kindly, I would like to express my thoughts a little further. I want my home country Japan to be a honourable country, as her constitution says. “われらは、平和を維持し、専制と隷従、圧迫と偏狭を地上から永遠に除去しようと努めてゐる国際社会において、名誉ある地位を占めたいと思ふ。” If there is even a little bit of truth in what he/she says (but I somehow felt his/her tale to be true. I wish it weren`t though.), I would like to know. If there are Japanese owners cheating people (whatever nationalities they have), I want strongly to stop them. (Even though I have no power now.) That is why I insisted on his/her story.
    Now finaly, thank you again for your kind reply, it made me very happy. And I want to say sorry for concerning you.
    Matt thank you for your comment. It encouraged me a lot and I will try to keep the flow. Thank you.

  21. comment number 21 by: camphortree

    Dear egg,
    Thank you very much for explaining your point of view so nice and clear. I respect your position with high regard.
    I have a daughter, and I will do my best so that she may grow as conscientious, diligent, polite and 素直な person as you! Your mom and dad have done a GREAT job!

  22. comment number 22 by: egg

    camphortree, thank you for your kind reply.
    I am rather embarrassed because I think I do not deserve your words. You are speaking well of me too much. But I will try to become one who will fit your words, thank you. And I am quite confident that your daughter must be much more fit for your words rather than me.
    I really enjoyed the talk with you here, but I am afraid that it is beginning to get off the flow (because I sulked at comment 66).
    I am looking forward to conversate with you somewhere else in a different thread. Please feel free to criticise me, so that I can learn other perspectives.
    And again thank you so much.

  23. comment number 23 by: GarlicBreath

    Those coreans are at it again.

    MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation has filed charges against six persons, including four Koreans, for allegedly exploiting young Filipino women through their mail-order bride business

    Buying and selling humans, and underage too.

    They were the lucky ones. The unlucky ones actually get sold to a Corean man.

    Many Vietnamese brides have been subject to domestic violence in Korea.

    .
    For some reason I doubt that norimitsu onishi will write a story about the abuse and terrible lives these poor women face.

  24. comment number 24 by: DJVeC

    Yes, Koreans are bad people. They’re the only country in Asia that has sex trade and forced prostitution. No, actually, in the world.

    China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand are such great, clean countries with no evil sexual business going on.

    Korean people ARE BAD. BOO HOO.

  25. comment number 25 by: Ken

    It is important to criticize Korean traditional biz of brothel but does anyone know the details of the news of next site.
    http://japanese.yonhapnews.co.kr/headline/2008/02/17/0200000000AJP20080217000500882.HTML
    8 men and 14 women of 15 families in 2 boats drifted from North Korea to South Korea on Feb,8 were said to be deported to North Korea and executed there secretly.