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    1 in 9 foreign female workers in Korea sexually abused

    October 24th, 2014 . by Errol

    The Office of Jasmine Lee  –  the first non-ethnic Korean and naturalized citizen to become a congresswoman in the Republic of Korea – reported that 10.7 percent of female workers from foreign countries were sexually abused in the Republic of Korea in 2013.

    35.5% of the victims were raped.

    Almost 90% of the victims said Korean employers or Korean managers abused them.

    Claire Lee, Korea Herald, 24 October 2014

    1 in 3 Koreans fear potential wives work in the sex trade

    October 21st, 2014 . by Errol

    A poll by marriage agencies Bien-Aller and Only-U asked 534 single Korean men and women what they feared when it came to potential life partners.

    34.5% of Korean men are concerned that potential mates may have been involved in the sex trade, the survey found.

    Korea Times 17 October 2014

    According to the Korean Ministry of Gender Equality more than 500 000 women worked in the Korean sex industry in 2007. As there are 10 million Korean females between the ages of 13 and 43 in South Korea, that is 1 in 20 Korean women were working in the Korean sex industry in 2007. After the Global Financial Crisis in late 2007 that figure of 500 000 is likely to be much higher.

    Korean Government Report on Sex Industry and Prostitution in 2007

    According to the Hankyoreh newspaper, there were 120 000 middle school and high school girls living on the streets of Korea in 2012, with 60 000 of them surviving through prostitution. With the slowdown in the Korean economy – as Chinese smartphone manufacturers surpassed Samsung’s sales in China – the number of vulnerable teenage Korean girls is likely to be much higher.

    As there are 1.8 million Korean girls between the ages of 13 and 18, about 3.5% of Korean female teenagers resort to prostitution to survive. i.e. One in every classroom.

    These prostitution figures do not take into account Korean women who resort to occasional prostitution. e.g. Skipping a semester to work in a room salon to pay credit card debt, skipping a year for a working girl’s holiday in Australia to pay for accumulated college tuition debt and call out services to motels to pay for credit card debts of indigent boyfriends.

    The Korean Feminist Association claims that 20% of Korean women either are, or have been, prostitutes.

    Thus, between 5% and 20% of the time those 34.5% of Korean males in the survey suspicious of their potential spouses would be correct.

    Um Ji-won, Park A-reum and Heo Seung, The Hankyroreh 19 September 2012

    The Korean prostitution industry is valued at USD 13 billion per annum and employs 500 000 Korean prostitutes. This means that the 28 000 US service men and women protecting South Korea and the 10 000 English teachers in South Korea have been busy spending an average of USD 35 000 each on Korean prostitutes per year. That’s USD 95 a day for each US soldier, airman, sailor and non-Korean English teacher. i.e 2 Korean prostitutes are bought every 24 hours by every US soldier, airman, sailor and non-Korean English teacher in South Korea.

    The US State Department estimates that there were only 200,000 to 300,000 prostitutes working in Thailand in 2008.

    US State Department 2008 Human Rights Report: Thailand

    US Army sponsors Korean-American penis surgery research

    October 4th, 2014 . by Errol

    The Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) has been selected to lead the second phase of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). The five-year, $75 million federally funded project focuses on applying regenerative medicine to battlefield injuries.

    The AFIRM-II team will focus on developing clinical therapies over the next five years focusing on:

    ● Restoring function to severely traumatized limbs

    ● Reconstruction for facial and skull injuries through tissue regeneration

    ● Skin regeneration for burn injuries

    ● New treatments to prevent rejection of “composite” transplants such as face and hands

    ● Reconstruction of the genital and urinary organs and lower abdomen including the bladder, anal sphincter and external genitalia.

    Professor James Yoo, is working on bioengineering and replacing parts of the penis to help treat erectile dysfunction. His focus is on the spongy erectile tissue that fills with blood during an erection, causing the penis to lengthen and stiffen.

    Institute for Regenerative Medicine to Lead National Effort to Aid Wounded Warriors

    Perhaps growing up in a country with a large American military presence has stimulated his desire for research in this area.

    Koreans commit a sex crime against teenagers every hour

    August 29th, 2014 . by Errol

    The number of teenage victims of sex crimes went from 7,893 in 2011 to 8,808 in 2012 and 9,721 in 2013, according to police data revealed by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the Saenuri Party. Most victims were female, but the number of male victims was 506, marking a 75 percent increase from two years earlier.

    “Considering that most teenage victims are reluctant to report such incidents to the authorities, it can be assumed that the problem (of sexual abuse among teens) is even graver than the numbers suggest,” Rep. Lee said.

    Many of the sex crimes in schools are not properly dealt with, due to the victims’ unwillingness to report the case or lenient punishment of perpetrators.

    In 2012, an elementary school teacher in Incheon was found to have physically and sexually abused his second-grade students. The case prompted public furor when it was revealed that the school asked the parents to settle the case amicably, saying the male teacher could not work at another school if they declined its request.

    Yoon Min-sik, The Korea Herald, 29 August 2014

    Koreans commit sex crimes against non-Koreans every 42 hours

    August 27th, 2014 . by Errol

    According to the Seoul Metropolitan Police, the number of sex crimes targeting foreigners increased around three-fold from 76 in 2009 to 213 last year.

    That is a sex crime against a non-Korean every 42 hours.


    The Chosun Ilbo, 24 August 2014

    Loophole allows 30.5% of Korean paedophiles to continue teaching

    August 27th, 2014 . by Errol

    From 2009 to June of 2014, 108 teachers committed sexual misconduct against minors according to the Education Ministry data compiled by Rep. Min Hyun-joo of the ruling Saenuri Pary.

    The teachers, while not officially prosecuted, were punished by the disciplinary committees of local education offices.

    While the number of sexual abuse cases on children or teenagers by teachers increased from nine in 2009 to 29 in 2013, 30.5 percent of those disciplined retained their teaching posts.

    Many of the sexual abuse cases involving teachers are settled out of court, with the perpetrators only facing disciplinary action from schools or local education authorities.

    Yoon Min-sik, The Korea Herald, 24 August 2014

    Marmot love for Greenpeace

    August 20th, 2014 . by Errol

    Greenpeace set up a GoPro camera in Montana’s spectacular Glacier National Park, USA, to shoot a timelapse of its incredible landscape in order to raise awareness on the effect of global warming on glaciers.

    Things were all going to plan until an inquisitive marmot decided the camera was much more interesting than the gorgeous backdrop being filmed, and bounded uphill to check it out. After giving the GoPro a good clean with its wet tongue, the marmot bowled the camera over, thus ending Greenpeace’s grand plans of an environmental message.

    On the bright side, Greenpeace said the marmot had given “the best photobomb in Greenpeace history” and decided to use the message to promote a different campaign altogether.

    An online campaigner for Greenpeace, Dawn Bickett, said: “Though we didn’t capture the timelapse video of Glacier National Park that we intended to, we captured something much cooler… Marmot Love.

    “This marmot took a minute out of its busy day to show us some love. It’s time for us to do the same. Global warming is shrinking marmot habitat — alpine tundra. Help protect his home from climate change.”

    Greenpeace Marmot Love

    Kylie McLaughlin, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 August 2014

    Drunk on soju defence still applicable?

    August 18th, 2014 . by Errol

    “According to a study titled Alcohol Effects On Performance Monitoring and Adjustment: Affect Modulation and Impairment of Evaluative Cognitive Control, alcohol doesn’t limit our ability to know what’s right and wrong, instead, it takes away our capacity to care.”

    Livia Gamble, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 August 2014

    Although alcohol is not used a defence for sexual crimes in Australia, it is enabled in Korea as part of Clause 10 of the Criminal Law of Korea, as noted in the following article in The Korea Herald from 2010.

    “Alcohol is generously accepted as a necessary evil. In Korea, it is also a reason for lighter punishment for some crimes, especially sexual violence. A gruesome case of child rape has recently prompted Koreans to wonder whether such long-standing leniency should stay.

    The nation was shocked after it was learned last month that a 57-year-old man raped 8-year-old child, leaving her sexually disabled and having to rely on a colostomy bag due to her missing organs.

    The repeat sexual offender, named Cho Doo-soon, was given a sentence commutation for temporary mental disorder caused by drunkenness

    Clause 10 of the present criminal law states that those who lack legal capacity due to mental disorder are to be given a commuted sentence and is largely applied to sexual violence cases committed while intoxicated.”

    Bae Hyun-jung. The Korea Herald, 30 March 2010


    33% of Korean men divorce as wives not sexually attractive

    August 14th, 2014 . by Errol

    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


    Korean professor arrested in USA for abusive sexual contact

    August 14th, 2014 . by Errol

    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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