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Sex Trafficking in Korea

Sex trafficking in Korea, what does it look like and why does it happen.

Alex A-che

on 25 July 2013

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Transcript of Sex Trafficking in Korea

It’s the second most lucrative crime.
35,369,914,634,057 WON
There are approximately 27 million people enslaved worldwide.
Kinds of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking falls under two categories:
Where can sex trafficking
be found in Korea?
One evening in October 1944, she went outside her house and, without knowing why, was dragged off by Japanese soldiers and taken to a Comfort Station in Taiwan. Reflecting on that time and with tears welling up in her eyes, she said that as she was being dragged off she cried, ‘Mommy, mommy….these people say they are going to kill me. Save me, mommy.’

- the story of Lee Yongsu (Daegu)
Japanese Occupation
The Korean War
Korea and America
“The more I think about my life, the more I think women like me were the biggest sacrifice for my country’s alliance with the Americans. [...] Looking back, I think my body was not mine, but the government’s and the U.S. military’s.” - Jeon, 71
This ad was placed on the newspaper, Dong-a Ilbo, on September 14th, 1961.
A group of ex-prostitutes accuse successive Korean governments of hypocrisy in calling for reparations from Japan while refusing to take a hard look at South Korea’s own history.
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings for sexual exploitation or forced labor, for no or low payment.
That means 2 children are trafficked every minute.
Sex Trafficking
It is the sexual exploitation of people through force and/or deception, in order to make money.
What about Korea?
Korea is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking of men and women subjected to forced prostitution and forced labor.
During the Japanese Occupation, there were believed to be around 200,000 so-called "comfort women," mostly Korean.
'Comfort Women' are the women who were abducted by the Japanese military and raped during Japan’s colonization of Korea. In Korean, we call them “Jeong Sin Dae.”
Why does it happen?
In Korea, this is one the leading causes for college age women.
-Seen in society as a
necessary evil
-Peer pressure amongst businessman
To this day, Japan has not apologized for the trafficking of the women.
Many Korean women and girls are trafficked to other countries. In the U.S. especially, Korean women are in demand.
Many people from nearby countries are recruited for employment or marriage.
Korea has had a history of sexual exploitation - both as a victim and a perpetrator.
1,200,000 children are trafficked every year.
80% of victims are female.
Barber Shops
Coffee deliveries
Massage Parlors
Karaoke Bars
1 in 60 women, between the age of 15-64, work in bars, clubs and karaoke rooms, or in red light districts”, approximately 140,000 women.
Businessman's Clubs
Room Salons
The Internet
The biggest facilitator of sex trafficking
Even though it is illegal, prostitution is easily available in Korea. Advertisements can be found as you walk the streets at night.
The “room salon” culture is very popular in the Korean business community.
Let's watch a video to show
the cultural influences.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.
Critical Thinking
• Discuss the causes of sex trafficking in Korea.
What can we do about it?
Desperation, especially when women have dependents
Easy internet access to pornography,
which fuels the demand.
Escorts & certain types
of nightclubs
They are then forced into prostitution or forced labor.
Lack of education
This money is made in one year.
1 in 20 economically-active women, between the ages of 19 and 35, work in bars, clubs and karaoke rooms, or in red light districts.

The human rights commission helped conduct a survey after
Jang Ja-yeon, a 27 year old actress, committed suicide last year after allegedly being forced to act as an escort for VIPs by her manager.
According to the surveyed actresses, 60.2 percent said they have been asked to provide sexual services to high-profile figures, including producers, directors, businessmen, politicians and advertising executives. The actresses said coworkers, friends, agents and brokers pressured them.
Women are not just sex objects.
These women are someone’s daughter, sister or mother.
All human beings have equal value.
People have a right to be treated with dignity and respect.
Why do we care?
Kissing rooms &
Masturbation rooms
Let’s watch an interview of a woman who is a survivor from the sex industry.
Dasi Hamkke Center
1) Sex trafficking
2) Forced labor
Daegu Women's Rights Association
In 2007, the Ministry of Gender Equality conducted a study of registered businesses, that based on several factors, were likely to be involved in the sex trade. According to the results, approximately 270,000 women are involved in the sex trade. According to this, 3.5% of the entire female population in their twenties and thirties participate in the sex trade. Roughly 6.3% of all employed women in this age group are involved in the sex trade.
The sex trade accounts for 4.1% of the country's entire gross domestic product (GDP), surpassing the country's electricity , gas and water sector(2.9%). In 2004, the Korea Institute of Criminology found that Korea has approximately 58,000 businesses in the sex trade, collectively earning 240 billion won each year.
Luke 4:18-19 Jesus said:
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