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Korean guest worker in Sydney beaten by Korean employers

September 20th, 2007 . by Matt

This is an extreme case, but it is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Koreans exploiting their fellow Koreans in Sydney. Most Koreans working for Koreans here are paid under the minimum wage, receive no superannuation, and have none of the labor protections that are required under law.

The Sydney employers of a Korean guest worker have been ordered to pay the man almost $100,000 after kidnapping and assaulting him when he asked for worker’s compensation.

The NSW District Court on Friday ordered Kyung Ja Song and Jin Ho Park to pay $96,788 in aggravated damages to Jae Sik Kim, who worked as a tiler for the Campsie couple’s Kyo Group.

Mr Kim sued the couple for false imprisonment and assault after they forced him into a car, took him to their house, physically assaulted him and forced him to hand over his passport.

The attack caused Mr Kim to lose 40 per cent vison in his right eye, his solicitor Lisa Powell said outside court.

The assault and kidnapping also are subject to criminal proceedings that are yet to be heard.

Mr Kim had come to Australia on a section 457 visa but was unable to work after seriously injuring his back when he fell down stairs while at work.

Mrs Song and Mr Park reported him to the immigration department when he complained about not receiving worker’s compensation for his injury, and he was deported.

Mr Kim returned to Australia on his brother’s passport in a desperate attempt to seek compensation to cover his medical bills, only to suffer the savage attack at the hands of his employers, the court was told.

Delivering his judgment, Judge Chris Geraghty described Mr Kim as being in a “vulnerable position” as he was alone in a strange country with no knowledge of its medical and legal system.

Justice Geraghty added that Mr Kim was dependent on his employers, subservient and frightened of them.


23 Responses to “Korean guest worker in Sydney beaten by Korean employers”

  1. comment number 1 by: Errol

    Friends who work as welfare workers in Sydney are always telling me horror stories of young Koreans abused by Australian gyopos. Australia’s privacy laws prevent me from writing about such stories in a public forum.

    The Australian police (unlike the Korean police) are very supportive of any Koreans experiencing abuse from their employers, spouses or boyfriends.

    To any Koreans in trouble in Australia: Don’t believe the gyopo seonbae hype that Australians won’t help Koreans in need.

    If you are being abused this site may be able to help you.

  2. comment number 2 by: General Tiger

    Errol:

    The Australian police (unlike the Korean police) are very supportive of any Koreans experiencing abuse from their employers, spouses or boyfriends.

    It’s funny how you’re using a single example to bash the entire Korean Police Force.
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    On the issue: Another sweatshop situation…. When will the world be free of them?

  3. comment number 3 by: Errol

    # General Tiger Says:
    September 21st, 2007 at 3:40 am

    Errol:

    It’s funny how you’re using a single example to bash the entire Korean Police Force.

    A single reported example. A lot of abuse occurs in Korea and it’s not reported because the police are expected to behave in a similar manner to the Milyang police.

    And what punishment did the Milyang police receive? If such behaviour goes unpunished it will be repeated.

    I mentioned this story to a Korean female colleague (note I don’t work in Korea) and she told me that it is Korean culture not to interfere in other people’s disputes, especially domestic disputes (explains Mr kjeff’s mystification about us altruists). She then gave a sad story (OH! another single example) she had read about recently. After celebrating a hole-in-one on a golf course a woman’s husband turned up to find out what the commotion was all about. Seeing his wife in the embrace of a young hunk the ajeossi decided to go the bash (Loss of face donchaknow. He, being a gentleman, kept his room salon hijinks hidden in the room salon and didn’t parade them down the golf course) resulting in the bloody death of the woman.

    The judge ruled that because the man used a driver and not an iron there was not an intent to murder.

  4. comment number 4 by: General Tiger

    Errol:
    And? The main problem with your first post is that you’re making it seem like the Aussies are angels.

  5. comment number 5 by: Errol

    The main point of my first post is don’t be afraid to contact Australian authorities including the police if you’re being abused by fellow Koreans.

    There is the amusing story of two jopok goons who decided to do a little moonlighting away from the casino where they were engaging in loan sharking and general extortion of Korean tourists. They went to a Korean store in downtown Sydney and threatened to beat up the owners and their son and rape their teenage daughter if $10 000 wasn’t handed over by dusk the next day.

    But Sydney not being Korea the store owners rang the NSW police who promptly arrested the goons and charged them with extortion. After serving their sentence the goons were deported.

    Moral of the story: It’s a 20 hour and expensive plane trip to send another pair of goons to enforce the first pair of clowns’ threats.

  6. comment number 6 by: kjeff

    Errol,

    The main point of my first post is don’t be afraid to contact Australian authorities including the police if you’re being abused by fellow Koreans.

    And? That you should be afraid to contact Korean authorities if the same thing happened? Based on this one incident? (OK, your other “stories”, they had nothing to do with Korean police department.)

    And what punishment did the Milyang police receive? If such behaviour goes unpunished it will be repeated.

    I think it’s amazing that some people just link sites to their comments without actually reading them. Errol, the title of the article that you linked begins with “Police Found Guilty…” Don’t you think it should give you an idea what the article is about? Granted, I don’t know whether the officers involved were reprimanded, suspended, or fired, and I have the feeling that you don’t either, but from your article, we know that Seoul High Court ordered them to pay over $50,000 in compensations. I don’t know if Korean court differentiates between compensatory and punitive damages, but to me, $50,000 seems to be an awful lot for police officers’ salary(the article uses “police officers” instead of “police department” which usually indicates, the dough will come out of their personal pocket) to simply just be compensatory. There you go, your own linked article contradicts you. Please read carefully…or, write carefully…

  7. comment number 7 by: General Tiger

    Errol:

    The main point of my first post is don’t be afraid to contact Australian authorities including the police if you’re being abused by fellow Koreans.

    Linking to an article like that sure “strengthed” your thoughts. Next time, consider just saying things, instead of linking to articles that you don’t understand completely.

  8. comment number 8 by: Aude_Sapere

    Unbelievable. Rather than focusing on the plight of these Koreans abused by other fellow Koreans, the discussion revolves around quibbling about and disparaging Errol’s choice of words.

  9. comment number 9 by: Aude_Sapere

    I sure hope this man gets his rightful compensation and lawsuit payout, that’s for sure.

  10. comment number 10 by: Errol

    General Tiger Says:
    September 21st, 2007 at 3:40 am

    It’s funny how you’re using a single example to bash the entire Korean Police Force.

    The staff at the Joongang Ilbo would beg to differ. In 2003, almost 1,000 Korean cops were convicted of criminal charges.

    Who are you trying to protect? The victims or the perpetrators?

    The anti-altruists strike again. Now what would happen if there was a Buddhist Temple election? Would they stand idly by puffing on fags and deigning not to interfere as burly Buddhists crash-bang-wallop bamboo staves upon the tonsured bonces of their rival brethren? If this is the quality of Korea’s junior intelligentsia one can only despair. Back to the main point; helping Koreans whose lives have been blighted by their fellow Koreans.

    호주에서 여학생들에게: 어젠 울었어? 남자친구는 사랑하지만 폭행했어요? 걱정마세요. 호주경찰은 도와드릴게요. 24시간 1800-424-017. 경찰불어요. 다시 한번1800-424-017.

  11. comment number 11 by: kjeff

    Errol,
    A quick question: Is there no police misconduct in Australia?
    Really, if this is the quality of wherever-you-are from’s junior intelligentsia one can only despair.

  12. comment number 12 by: GarlicBreath

    Aude_Sapere Says:

    September 22nd, 2007 at 7:27 am
    Unbelievable. Rather than focusing on the plight of these Koreans abused by other fellow Koreans, the discussion revolves around quibbling about and disparaging Errol’s choice of words.

    Not unbelievable at all. I urge you to look at any blog that is written by a non corean and that focuses on corean events. Anything short of corean worship/bootlicking will attracts corean nationalists the same way honey attract bees.
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    The internet makes it possible for people to see and understand the true Corean. Coreans are frightened by this and do their best to interfere with the truth.
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    Yes it would be nice that one corean in a hundred would discuss the issues in an honest and constructive manner but alas, I don’t harbor such hope.
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  13. comment number 13 by: GarlicBreath

    Amongst the complaints aired by unions are no extra pay for overtime, unsanitary working conditions, a requirement to work six days in order to get two off, illegal dismissal of employees and also pressure from the company to stop workers from joining unions

    Hungery is starting to regret the deal they made with the devil.

  14. comment number 14 by: alec931

    haha….Errol’s posts are funny.
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    gorl: “the true Corean”
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    So what is the true Korean?

  15. comment number 15 by: GarlicBreath

    gorl: “the true Corean”
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    So what is the true Korean?

    It is you lil’al, it is you.

  16. comment number 16 by: HanComplex

    The staff at the Joongang Ilbo would beg to differ. In 2003, almost 1,000 Korean cops were convicted of criminal charges.

    Who are you trying to protect? The victims or the perpetrators?

    More of Korea’s finest on the news.

    A policeman was arrested for kidnapping, raping and robbing women in the district near his police station yesterday. He threatened victims that he would kill their families and he forced them to withdraw money from banks after raping them. He allegedly committed these brutal crimes many times.
    http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?biid=2007092169848

  17. comment number 17 by: Errol

    kjeff Says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 5:52 am

    Errol,
    A quick question: Is there no police misconduct in Australia?

    Not at the rate of 1000 criminal prosecutions per annum. Certainly the problem is not endemic as noted by the Joongang Ilbo. Nice attempted deflection Mr kjeff.

    alec931 Says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    haha….Errol’s posts are funny.

    That’s because you can read Korean and have a sense of irony which requires the ability to see both sides of an issue. Mr kjeff is a Koreaphilic monomaniac. To Mr kjeff there is only one version of reality. 엄마!

  18. comment number 18 by: Errol

    Here’s a story of a Korean employer doing the right thing.

    서남표 is one of the greatest Koreans alive today.

    서남표 is one of the greatest Koreans alive today.

    “Incompetent professors have made an incompetent school,” he said. “The tuition at Korean colleges is only 20 percent of American schools, but the wage of Korean professors is close to that of American professors. With small budget and large expenditure, it is natural that the quality of education is going down.”

  19. comment number 19 by: GarlicBreath

    서남표 is one of the greatest Koreans alive today.

    (reminds me of the Jamacian bobsled team) Sorry but I must disagree. Just because he notices that the car he is driving has three flat tires and smoke billowing out the back because the engine is on fire, needs to be fixed doesn’t make him a genius.
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    Korean were too racist to have a foreigner at the helm of Kaist, so they hired this loser. KAIST will be even a greater failure with this guy.

  20. comment number 20 by: Errol

    서남표 is a real champ. He has courage and foresight. Although Robert Laughlin was given a bum steer, 서남표 will put Korean education (or at least the KAIST part of it) back on track.

    But educational reform will be insufficient to make Korea a better place until they sort out the crooked cops problem.

    Let’s look at 서남표’s achievements:

    1/ Identified a problem of indolent fellow Koreans

    2/ Removed said indolent indolent Koreans

    3/ Kept his job whilst said indolent Koreans were/are doing back room backstabbing manoeuvres to remove him.

    A great Korean to have been so successful in these three very difficult areas.

  21. comment number 21 by: GarlicBreath

    Let’s look at 서남표’s achievements:

    1/ Identified a problem of indolent fellow Koreans

    2/ Removed said indolent indolent Koreans

    3/ Kept his job whilst said indolent Koreans were/are doing back room backstabbing manoeuvres to remove him.

    Laughlin tried the same things. He noticed the corrupt and useless professors. The difference is that this guy Seo is just cleaning house of dead weight so he can bring his cronies in. He has a four year contract so he will pack the school with loyal corean cronies.
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    Par for the course for corrupt corea.
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    KAIST is a shitty community college for coreans that can’t get into good western schools.

  22. comment number 22 by: Errol

    서남표’s first crony appointment.

    Thompson hinted that Suh had some personal influence on her in deciding to come to KAIST. Having attended his lectures at MIT, Thompson said that her first plan in her new position is to adapt “axiomatic design theory,” which was developed by Suh himself decades ago, in dealing with civil and environmental engineering problems.

    If she’s a good crony then it’s a good thing.

    The priority is to get rid of the indolent Korean professors then there would be more money for proper research instead of it being rorted to employ indolent cronies in academic positions, administrative positions and the greatest rort of all the unemployment payment called a Korean Master’s Degree.

  23. comment number 23 by: GarlicBreath

    No matter where Coreans are and no matter what passport they carry, you can always find storied like this. Coreans must have special DNA for treating mans best friend as dinner (after torturing the innocent doggy) and their workers as slaves.
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    . In LA the local American population who had a lot of interaction with Coreans sure seemed to hate them. No wonder blacks in LA wanted to burn them down in 94.

    the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Koreans exploiting their fellow Koreans

    In the USA:

    Jung Ryu and his wife, Ji Young Ryu, the Korean couple who owned the bootleg business, lived comfortably in a $1.5 million home in Melville, L.I.

    They had $500,000 in accounts when they were were arrested on felony charges of trademark counterfeiting and possession of forgery devices, prosecutors said. Each faces up to 15 years
    behind bars.

    I hope they get some street justice in prison.