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Korean sex and drug tourism

January 22nd, 2006 . by Matt

chinese nightclub
A nightclub in Shanghai

Here are a couple of articles from the Korean media about Korean sex and drug tourists. Interestingly, Korea seems to claim the right to punish Koreans that commit crimes (even the crime of taking drugs) overseas. The JoongAng Daily reports that some sex and drug tourists were caught in a joint investigation by the police and the National Intelligence Service.

January 20, 2006 ㅡ Seven Korean men, including a doctor and the son of a former member of the National Assembly, were indicted by police yesterday for allegedly taking illegal drugs repeatedly while on sex trips to China.
Under Korean law, Korean police retain jurisdiction over any crimes committed by its citizens while traveling overseas.
Seoul’s Mapo police are requesting arrest warrants for all seven and have put the alleged broker for the trips, identified as Mr. Shin, on their wanted list. Mr. Shin allegedly provided sex and drug getaways to wealthy Koreans.
Police said the men were caught because of a three-month cooperative operation with the National Intelligence Service.
According to the police, upon arrival in Shanghai on Jan. 14 on their last trip, the men went to a drinking club and took ecstasy and methamphetamine, and then proceeded to have sexual intercourse with the female employees. Since last April, each has gone to China five to ten times on similar escapades.

Now that Kim Jong Il is considered a friend of South Korea, I guess the Intelligence Service has nothing better to do than hunt down Korean men messing around with hookers and drugs in China.

The Choson Ilbo is more sympathetic, painting the Korean sex and drug tourists are victims of Chinese gangsters.

Wealthy Koreans are increasingly becoming sometimes unwitting customers of Chinese gangs of drug pushers in mainland China. According to the National Intelligence Service, there has been a rise in incidents where Korean golf tourists in China say they were offered energy drinks spiked with narcotics. The NIS’ International Crimes Information Center said the criminals are selling drugs and alcohol at resorts that cater to Koreans who have been coming to China in growing numbers for regular golfing weekends since the five-day week was introduced here.

I am not prepared to believe that Koreans are that naive, considering that in the JoonAng Daily article the tourists were looking for just that.

According to the NIS, well-to-do Koreans, many of them doctors and realtors, on golfing weekends in Qingdao or Shanghai are given ecstasy or the amphetamine-like prescription drug Philopon at local clubs and bars by pushers who tell them they are aphrodisiacs or energy drinks.

I will be bold and put forth the theory that the Koreans were given the drug laced drinks because they bought them.

According to the NIS, women tourists are then prone to having sex with Chinese men working at exclusive women-only clubs there, while the Korean men do the same at hostess bars.

Korean prone to having sex with Chinese men in womens only clubs? Somehow I doubt the Korean women that went to those clubs walked into them accidentally, and knew exactly what goes on in those clubs. It seems to me that the Choson Ilbo doesnt want to admit that some Korean wonen want to have sex with attractive Chinese men. Meanwhile, Korean men it says that “do the same at hostess bars”, as if it were so natural that it is stated without comment.

I wonder if the Korean National Intelligence Service will also being chasing Korean cigarrete smugglers in Sydney, or if they are limiting their investigations to ‘crimes’ that have a ‘moral’ dimension.


39 Responses to “Korean sex and drug tourism”

  1. comment number 1 by: ponta

    Koreans held responsible for islands’ sex industry

    The United Nations Children’s Fund said that Koreans were sexually exploiting children in the South Pacific.
    “In Kiribati, tourism has not developed like other countries,” said an official at the commission, which is under the authority of Korea’s prime minister. “So there hasn’t been prostitution there until recently. Prostitution in Kiribati seems to have been started by Korean fishermen.”
    http://joongangdaily.joins.com/200507/06/200507062233371479900090409041.html

    http://japanese.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2005/07/05/20050705000039.html

  2. comment number 2 by: nig

    Seems like the Koreans are just making use of the sex-tourism infrastructure that the Japanese set up in China,

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3146514.stm

    “An estimated 300000 Japanese take sex tours of the Philippines every year.”

    http://www.protectionproject.org/ca.htm

    After saying that in terms of vice and prostitution, I have never seen anything on the scale of the area north of Namba in Osaka near the river/canal. It was a real eye opener and I have spent a lot of time travelling around China and South East Asia.

  3. comment number 3 by: Matt

    Seems like the Koreans are just making use of the sex-tourism infrastructure that the Japanese set up in China,

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3146514.stm

    I remember that one. If you could read Japanese you would find all the lurid (and fairly funny) details of the orgy. I dont think it is fair to say the Japanese set up the infrastructure though – it was there before Korean and Japanese started going there in significant numbers.

  4. comment number 4 by: Sonagi

    Korea is not the only country that regulates the behavior of its nationals abroad. Western countries also prosecute their citizens for child sex tourism, and the US has an anti-corruption law, which American companies complain hurts their competitiveness.

  5. comment number 5 by: ponta

    NIg
    You forgot to quote the followoing from your link
    http://www.protectionproject.org/ca.htm

    More than 100 cases of trafficking were prosecuted in the Republic of Korea, a tier 1 country, although there is no specific anti-trafficking law. Traffickers have been tried for visa fraud for the purpose of trafficking in aliens.

    And if you want to know how often Korean pimps are arrested abroad for trafficking , let me know, I’ll show you the links.

    And it seems you also fogot how to use the word ” infrustructure”.

    in·fra·struc·ture
    1. basic organization: the most basic level of organizational structure in a complex body or system that serves as a foundation for the rest
    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/DictionaryResults.aspx?refid=1861621239

    Japan’s Prostitution Prevention Law mandates the establishment of “females’ consultative offices” to respond to females needing protection to carry out necessary investigation into such matters, and to provide such females with “temporary protection”. In addition to functional training, the offices provide medical treatment and psychological counseling.

    But some blamed the Chinese Government for failing to tackle prostitution, which – although technically illegal – has reputedly become common since the country began economic reform more than 20 years ago.

    The United Nations Children’s Fund said that Koreans were sexually exploiting children in the South Pacific.

    “In Kiribati, tourism has not developed like other countries,” said an official at the commission, which is under the authority of Korea’s prime minister. “So there hasn’t been prostitution there until recently. Prostitution in Kiribati seems to have been started by Korean fishermen.”
    http://joongangdaily.joins.com/200507/06/200507062233371479900090409041.html

    http://japanese.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2005/07/05/20050705000039.html

    By the way,
    Japanese should not exploit Asian women nor Western women.It is a shame. Thank you for reminding us of that. Of course, you are doing the same kind of job on Plunge’s blog, that is, metioning the Korea’s problem when Plunge mention Japan(s problem, aren’t you?

  6. comment number 6 by: Malaclypse

    Sonagi is correct, for example, there are laws in the US against US nationals having sex with minors abroad.

    On the other hand, there is no law against, say, going to Amsterdam and smoking weed.

    I’m not sure exactly how the process goes of determining what’s illegal “over there” for people who live “here.”

  7. comment number 7 by: nig

    Ponta,

    I am aware of how to use the word infrastructure. I used it correctly.

    I just think that sex tourism is another feature of Korean culture that originally came from Japan. Thats why I think it is strange to criticise it from a Japanese perspective.

    For example look at Korean room salons/dallanjujeongs. They are clearly a variation of Japanese hostess bars which came in turn from Geisha entertainment bars.

    I am not one of those people who likes to claim everything from Korea originated in Korea.

    I would be the first to admit that quite a bit of modern Korean culture was either imported or diluted via Japan. Some of the imports were good and some were bad.

  8. comment number 8 by: Mika

    Sex tourism in the south east Asia was not started by the Japanese. It started with the US military since the Vietnam War. What does it matter? You can’t shift the blame onto other country for problems which Koreans are causing themselves. “The Shame in ‘KoreKorea'”
    http://www.hani.co.kr/section-001100000/2005/07/001100000200507090244001.html

  9. comment number 9 by: ponta

    Nig
    Thanks.
    Honestly I do not go to this kind of places, so I do not know how the room salon you are talking about look like in Japan.
    Thank you very much for telling us your precious experience.
    And I’ve never had a chance to see how geisya entertainment bars look like.I do not what “geishya entartainment bars” are in the first place.You must have afforded to play with geisya-san since you seem to be rich.When i saw geysha-san dancing in a tradtional Japanese room on TV, the atomospher is not like the one on the photo above though.
    But since you seem to know a lot about this kind of things, I do not bother to object.

  10. comment number 10 by: nig

    Mika,

    There were Japanese sex tourists in SE Asia long before the Vietnam conflict. They happened to be wearing uniforms and carrying guns but they were there nonetheless.

  11. comment number 11 by: ponta

    Nig
    I do not care where sex tourism originated from.
    One source says,

    Erotic tourism’s roots in Southeast Asia began during the Vietnam War. U.S. military officers were given Rest and Relaxation leave and funding, and spent most of this leave in Thailand on prostitution and alcohol.
    http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:UcdKeDnE9h4J:sincronia.cucsh.udg.mx/bender.htm+history+of+sex+tour&hl=en&client=opera

    But the important thing is that you should tell your Korean friends to stop exploiting women before people aroud world begin to call Koreans “Korekorea”, isn’t it?. Wherever it originated from, sex tourism is wrong. Korean or Japanese or American, it is wrong. (I do not care you frequent what you call “a room salon” in Japan , whatever it is ,as far as it is legal though.)
    And remember what Chonko said,(though it is ” a droll commentary”, to borrow your expession”)

    Most Koreans (I hope that is OK with you, Nig) think that their poo poo doesn’t stink. And among the few who do admit that it stinks, they can never leave it at that but always have to add the following:

    1) Well, the US and Japan’s poo -poo stinks more so that proves we are a superior race.
    2) Yes, we admit our poo poo stinks, but It is the fault of the US or Japan that our poo poo stinks so bad. https://www.occidentalism.org/?p=137#comment-3564

  12. comment number 12 by: ponta

    Oh my, I realized you were talking about prostituion during the war.
    And you are saying that Koreans imported or dilluted the culture via Japan. ̄\(-_-)/ ̄

  13. comment number 13 by: Matt

    Nig is a sick, sick stalker.

  14. comment number 14 by: nig

    Its an interesting idea. Online stalking. Could be a new trend.

    It is usually a bad idea to throw ungrounded accusations at someone who knows your real name, where you work and where you live. Fortunately I am still in Ireland so I think you are safe enough. Your info should be safe enough too as long as it doesn’t fall into the hands of some angry Koreans living in NSW by accident.

  15. comment number 15 by: Matt

    Right on with the threats nig. What goes around comes around.

  16. comment number 16 by: Ell

    >Its an interesting idea. Online stalking. Could be a new trend.

    >It is usually a bad idea to throw ungrounded accusations at someone who >knows your real name, where you work and where you live.

    Ohhh, a stalker (or atleast partner in crime), if circumstances permit.
    What a sick puppy.

  17. comment number 17 by: ponta

    NIg

    Your info should be safe enough too as long as it doesn’t fall into the hands of some angry Koreans living in NSW by accident.

    So, in Nig’s opinion, Matt’s info is not safe if it fall into the hands of some angry Koreans.
    In other words, in his opinion, some Koerans are so uncivilized that they would do harm if they hear what they do not want to hear.
    Do they not try to discuss the issue rather than cause harm when they thought someone’s opinion was groudless ?
    Is that the way people who hold, for instance, pro-Japan view get unreasonable pressure in Korean society?

    And nig is implying that Koreans imported the Japanese system of comfort woman during the war Koreans so blame and that they are practicing it thmeselve now. If the case is as you described, to be frank with you, I think they are helpless.
    Well, I admit Nig knows very well about Korea. But I do not want to believe so.

  18. comment number 18 by: BananaBoi

    It is usually a bad idea to throw ungrounded accusations at someone who knows your real name, where you work and where you live. Fortunately I am still in Ireland so I think you are safe enough. Your info should be safe enough too as long as it doesn’t fall into the hands of some angry Koreans living in NSW by accident.

    HAHAHA! Nig you pathetic little weasel. Talk is cheap, show me some action mate. The sooner those “angry koreans” strikes, the sooner we can deport them back to the cesspool where they originate from. The sooner we can be rid of korean cigarete smuggling and whorehouses disguised as massage parlours.

  19. comment number 19 by: Chris

    Matt,

    Interesting article about South Koreans going to other countries for prostitution and drugs. Apparently, this has been a trend that has been going on here for quite some time since the SK government has started to crack down on the red light districts here in Seoul and, one presumes, the other cities (yet again). The infamous red light districts are starting to suffer as more and more Korean men are now going overseas to do their own “sexual tourism”. I recently read an article that quoted statistics that 20% of Korean men between the ages of 20 to 64 went to red light districs at least four times per month, spending $130 per visit on average. With the latest government clamp down, they now have to go overseas (e.g., Philippines, Thailand, and, now, China). [Interestingly, I read a rather outrageous article several months ago in the Mainichi Daily News about Korean men going to Japan for sexual tourism as well.]

    Here is a link to The Seoul Times which ran a series of articles about the sex trade in South Korea.

    http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php?idx=1115

    Click on the links at the bottom of the article to read the rest of the articles in the series.

    Apparently, things are so bad that the Korean prostitutes held a demonstration against the government protesting the clampdown. (No surprise there since Koreans will pretty much have a demonstration about anything at the drop of a hat.) Some of the women even went on a hunger strike.

    A couple of weeks ago, I went with some friends from work to the new “family entertainment complex” at Yongsan Station on our way to the electronics market here in Seoul. On the way to Yongsan Station, we naturally walked by the redlight district to sneek a peek (of course). Besides a few prostitutes in the windows (a couple of whom looked very HOT BTW) and a couple of police officers at the far end of the street, the place was as dead as a doornail. Just so you know, I’ve always been told by those who know that the red light district near Yongsan Station is strictly Korean-only. That’s right, they don’t serve foreigners, US military, tourists, or guest workers from Bangladesh and Pakistan. (Plus, ALL of the red light districts are off limits for USFK personnel.)

    Chris
    Yongsan Garrison, Seoul
    Former HQ of the Japanese Army in Korea

  20. comment number 20 by: rdn623

    hey sorry for distracting thread but

    any news on translation (into English) of the Hate Korean Wave book??

    I am korean raised in USA and oblivious to all this so I would like to learn more. This site has given me much insight into life in Korea and its problems.

  21. comment number 21 by: Katz

    That’s sad, you have to stop posting these sad stories. I hate foreigners, especially other asians, indians, pakistanis, arabs and americans etc who go to my country with evil intentions. I hate when I see Koreans that look like Chinese. It gives me the will to kill them.

  22. comment number 22 by: chindit

    Katz:

    From your last post, you seem to be as enlightened as someone from say,…. the year 1846. I suppose you won’t be in surprised if some folks look down on Koreans who have this kind of thinking. Fortunately, there are Koreans that don’t. (well, I hope) Sorry chum, Koreans are going to look like Chinese sometimes since the black hair and yellow skin between the two groups is virtually identical. Plus, if both groups shop at say, Banana Republic or Old Navy, it’s going to be hard to distinguish one’s particular ethnic group. I suppose to distinguish yourself as Korean, you wear traditional Korean clothes from the 1400’s or something? Oh yeah, for my humor please define what you mean by foreigners coming to your country with ‘evil intentions’.

  23. comment number 23 by: darintenb

    chindit… The Korean media reports that foreigners in Korea come solely to commit crimes. It’s pretty sad. It makes it very difficult for someone who has grown up in an enviroment like that to comprehend someone telling them that is 1) factually wrong & 2) you just can’t say things like that in today’s world

    Katz: To an American, all asian people look alike.. why? because in america you only see american asian people, meaning that when you see someone, you don’t play the ‘guess their ethnicity’ game, but just play the ‘this is america, who gives a shit what their ethnicity is’ game. the same can also be said about any white person in america. for the most part, white americans people can’t tell white people apart either.. because in america, people just don’t care, and also most people are so mixed that even if someone came from france that very day, most people have probably never see a ‘real’ french person. the only way someone could make accurate guesses is based on clothing style. put everyone in the same brand of clothes, and it gets really hard. just like chindit said.

  24. comment number 24 by: Katz

    “I am korean raised in USA and oblivious to all this so I would like to learn more. This site has given me much insight into life in Korea and its problems.”

    What a fool.

    “Sorry chum, Koreans are going to look like Chinese sometimes since the black hair and yellow skin between the two groups is virtually identical.”

    Sorry, they won’t. If you were wise you would respect my views, but intead you offend me even more. Why do you compare two completely different nations and people?

  25. comment number 25 by: rdn623

    “Sorry, they won’t. If you were wise you would respect my views, but intead you offend me even more. Why do you compare two completely different nations and people? ”

    Wow, you just calling me a fool isn’t offending?

    And why the hell does it matter that koreans look like chinese?

  26. comment number 26 by: tomato

    The Koreans have smaller eyes (with mongolian fold) and higher cheek bones, and tend to be tall. Actually, they are distinguishable many times,although of course, there are exceptions.

    Also, I could tell who is Chinese- hard to explain this differnce, but there are differences.

  27. comment number 27 by: chindit

    Katz:

    You wrote:

    “… If you were wise you would respect my views, but intead you offend me even more…..”

    Well, it’s hard to respect a view that’s outdated and from the 1800’s. Why do you divide people between Koreans and foreigners (i.e. the rest of the planet)? Call me naive, but aren’t we all human beings? Sorry chum, but Koreans are human beings like everybody else. We all bleed the same, you know. (feel free to slice your wrists and see if it runs red)
    Yes, there are some physical differences between Chinese and Korean folks. But it’s not like one group has a noticible difference such as a third leg or something. Maybe there are some cultural differences, but is it enough to hate someone about it? Enough to not have someone of a particular race or nation as a friend? Sorry, I just don’t have in your words, “…the will to kill…” just on nationality.
    But honestly, I’m getting a very good laugh from your writings. Please explain so the entire blog can have a good laugh, what you mean about having foreigners coming to the Land of the Morning Calm with ‘evil intentions’. Maybe KAL should have a new slogan: ‘Korea….The Land of the Morning Calm and the Will to Kill’

  28. comment number 28 by: ponta

    Like this?

    http://japanese.joins.com/article/article.php?aid=66703&servcode=400&sectcode=410

    Personally I can not tell Koreans from Japanese nor from Chinese by their faces,though.

  29. comment number 29 by: russell peters

    Hey Ponta,

    That link is pretty cool. I guess they used morphing?

    Do any of you guys like Indian food? I am in the process of introducing Masala and Goan Fish Curry to some Chinese and Japanese friends of mine at work and they are really gung ho about it.

    Happy Lunar New Year (actually, originally from India..not China believe it or not!)
    Russell

  30. comment number 30 by: darintenb

    Katz.. can you tell where a white person is from just by looking at them? Or are you going to say all white people look alike?

  31. comment number 31 by: Katz

    “Wow, you just calling me a fool isn’t offending?

    And why the hell does it matter that koreans look like chinese? ”

    No, it was a right criticism. Calling this site insightful is foolishness. About the second statement, well, Japanese would emphasize they are different, and I care too. Why do I have to see losers like you?

    “Katz:

    You wrote:

    “… If you were wise you would respect my views, but intead you offend me even more…..”

    Well, it’s hard to respect a view that’s outdated and from the 1800’s. Why do you divide people between Koreans and foreigners (i.e. the rest of the planet)? Call me naive, but aren’t we all human beings? Sorry chum, but Koreans are human beings like everybody else. We all bleed the same, you know. (feel free to slice your wrists and see if it runs red)
    Yes, there are some physical differences between Chinese and Korean folks. But it’s not like one group has a noticible difference such as a third leg or something. Maybe there are some cultural differences, but is it enough to hate someone about it? Enough to not have someone of a particular race or nation as a friend? Sorry, I just don’t have in your words, “…the will to kill…” just on nationality.
    But honestly, I’m getting a very good laugh from your writings. Please explain so the entire blog can have a good laugh, what you mean about having foreigners coming to the Land of the Morning Calm with ‘evil intentions’. Maybe KAL should have a new slogan: ‘Korea….The Land of the Morning Calm and the Will to Kill’”

    Like I said, you would respect my views if you were wise. And you would respect me.

  32. comment number 32 by: rdn623

    why don’t answer the question
    “what you mean about having foreigners coming to the Land of the Morning Calm with ‘evil intentions’ ”

    instead of just saying respect my views.

  33. comment number 33 by: ponta

    russell peters
    I like Iindian food.
    Katz
    I respect you , but I do not think every foreigners in Korea has evil intention.I do not understand why you do not like Koreans who look like Chinese.

  34. comment number 34 by: BananaBoi

    I hate foreigners, especially other asians, indians, pakistanis, arabs and americans etc who go to my country with evil intentions. I hate when I see Koreans that look like Chinese. It gives me the will to kill them.

    Katz, you keep blabbering on about people should give you respect. Well….respect goes both ways mate. The above quote demonstrates your lack of respect for Non-Koreans and Koreans alike. The level of respect I’m giving you sir, is ZERO.

  35. comment number 35 by: darintenb

    Katz, I remember when I used you as an example of how some Korean people act and you seemed upset about that, about me using you as a representative of a certain group of people. Does that mean that you knowingly do things that you think are wrong and don’t want to represent anyone other then yourself? If that’s the case, wouldn’t it make more sense to act in a way that people will accept as a positive way, and in turn thing well of Koreans? For example, I’m an American in Japan. No matter how much I say I’m just me and me alone, people will always associate me with America, and think of me as an American. Accordingly, I try my best not to do anything that would be embarrassing to America/other Americans. I personally don’t like it when someone tells me all Americans do -blah blah blah- because they saw one person do that. But if they’re going to spread rumors regardless, they may as well spread good ones. Perhaps somewhere in Japan someone is saying ‘Americans hold doors for people’ because I did it for someone once. It’s way too general of a statement, but at least it’s not a negative one.

  36. comment number 36 by: chonko

    Give it up, darintenb. Katz performance on web logs all across the internet have shown nothing other than the fact that he is probably one of the biggest retards in the world…a feat even of which his fellow Koreans would have disdain. I don’t think logic works in the Korean brain…they seem to be born with fewer synapses and less grey matter than the average chimp. That is why their behavior makes no sense and is quite idiotic.

  37. comment number 37 by: ponta

    Sydney Poitier never had this problem in the 1967 movie classic “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” in which he
    played a black man invited to the home of his white, middle-
    class American girlfriend.

    Poitier’s problem was one of color rather than culture.
    After all, his character was essentially from the same cul�
    ture as that of the white family. Everyone was American
    and they all spoke the same language, although it might
    be argued that they spoke different shades of English.

    If Poitier had been visiting a Korean girlfriend’s home,
    then the pair of them would have been dead — figuratively, perhaps literally — within seconds.At least the Koreans don’t differentiate between blacks
    and whites; to them, they’re all “niggers.”

    People say the same kind of prejudice exists in Japan and cite the use of the word “gaijin” as proof. But gaijin is really a tame word as used by most Japanese and the Japanese themselves are basically no more or less prejudiced than Americans or Europeans.

    The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan By FRED VARCOE

    Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
    Posted by Fred Varcoe on Apr 16, 2003
    http://www.fccj.or.jp/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=184&category=34

  38. comment number 38 by: Katz

    “Give it up, darintenb. Katz performance on web logs all across the internet have shown nothing other than the fact that he is probably one of the biggest retards in the world…a feat even of which his fellow Koreans would have disdain. I don’t think logic works in the Korean brain…they seem to be born with fewer synapses and less grey matter than the average chimp. That is why their behavior makes no sense and is quite idiotic. ”

    Who are you to call me a retard? Did I say anything against you? I’m completely sure any foreigner wouldn’t have anything to complain about if they did what is right. So what are you babbling about, stupid chimp retard.

  39. comment number 39 by: chindit

    Looking at Katz’s last post, I believe he’s building up his “will to kill” foreigners. Look out world!