Posted by: rbbadger | March 29, 2009

Same scandals, different day

The Korea Herald, one of the three English daily newspapers here (and slightly less miserable than The Korea Times) is reporting that yet another official of the Cheong Wa Dae was arrested for “engaging in illegal sexual activity” (read procuring sex from prostitutes).  Prostitution is, sadly, a major problem in Korea and the laws against it are only sporadically enforced. 

Right in the neighbourhood of my school in Gwangju, there were all sorts of massage parlours, motels with hourly rates, and so forth.  There are a lot of good and decent features to Korean society and culture.  But the fact that Korea is a fairly prominent area for human trafficking does nothing to burnish the country’s image.  The government has tried various schemes to stop businessmen from frequenting these places.  One of these has been to actually offer cash incentives to stay away, as the Roh administration tried.  It failed and failed miserably.


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