You mean they don’t actually go hiking?

Seoul’s finest have booked 27 members of the so-called “Myeong-dong Mountain Hiking Association,” an organization that was facilitating prostitution for Japanese tourists in the Myeong-dong area.

Five were detained, including the head of the association.

The men had appearently been soliciting Japanese in the Myeong-dong area for years, but in order to deal with other touts getting organized and to provide settlement money for turf battles and lawyers fees, the men formed the “Myeong-dong Mountain Hiking Association” in August 2010.

Forming teams of four or five, they hung out at shops frequented by Japanese tourists and arranged for the kind of fun not usually found in the guidebooks. They would take punters by taxi to massage parlors in the Gangnam and Mia-ri areas and, after they were finished, drive them back to their hotels.

They would charge punters 210,000—250,000 won a customer, taking about 100,000 won in commissions. Which, if you were to ask your Uncle Marmot, is where the real crime lay. All told, they made 2.5 billion won.

  • Seth Gecko

    They took them by taxi to a whorehouse. Big deal.

  • yuna

    I know that the Japanese girls and ajummas (used to) come shopping for BB creams and Kim Hyunjoong socks and to eat hot chigaes, but why would the Japanese men come in groups in the first place?

  • PeterDownUnder

    Group Japanese male sex tours have been around for a long time. Couple of years ago Chinese authorities arrested brokers that organised a multi day orgy involving over 500 prostitutes for a group of japanese tourists.

    The name of these pimps clubs are hilarious though. Is mountain hiking a euphemism in Korean?

  • ZenKimchi

    Haven’t you watched Japanese porn? Japanese men LOVE to come in groups.

  • hamel

    Zen Kimchi: thanks for that. You just took a slight edge off (of) a really shitty day.

  • Year of the Dragon

    this is becoming educational….

  • sanshinseon

    > Is mountain hiking a euphemism in Korean?

    No. no meaning linked to sex / prostitution. It’s just that “San-ak-hoi” [mountain-hiking associations] are so popular & common, there are a million of them (99% devoted to hiking mountains), so using that name would not draw suspicious attention from police or anyone else.

  • thekorean

    It’s just that “San-ak-hoi” [mountain-hiking associations] are so popular & common, there are a million of them (99% devoted to hiking mountains), so using that name would not draw suspicious attention from police or anyone else.

    I would disagree, actually. I have heard the term 등산 as a euphemism for sex (as in, “mounting” the woman.)

  • gbnhj

    Yeah, that might be true. As a different cover for the same thing, restaurant tours could also work, as a play off of 먹다. But, then again, I suppose you’d start attracting the attention of way too many female tourists.

  • sanshinseon

    #8: well OK, TK, i had mainly heard cases involving “riding” something, but i suppose that anything at all can be used as a euphemism for good old-fashioned doin’ it, just like in the Blues genre… I must admit that the career-lifestyle I’ve been living for the past some years brings me into contact with extremely few adjeoshis who would be discussing that sort of thing, pretty much none really, so i’m the worst authority around on that sort of lingo, will bow to your expertise.

  • Arghaeri

    TK surely that would only be in your gyopo circles, as in korean I suspect. but maybe wrongly, that the relationship of ‘mount’ for mountain and the verb ‘to mount’ is just not there?

  • Arghaeri

    Sansinseon, don’t forget TK moves in much more elite and ‘sophisticated’ circles than us plebs :-)

  • gbnhj

    It’s mountain-climbing – think of the euphemism more in terms of ‘summiting that challenging beauty’ and it might become more clear. (But, truth be told, I haven’t heard it before, either). The euphemism I mentioned earlier, of ‘eating’ a woman, is fairly common.

  • sanshinseon

    If climbing a mountain is indeed a euphemism for gettin’ laid by a hooker, perhaps it specifically refers to mounting one of those tremendously-obese American women… 😉

  • Arghaeri

    Gbnhj, plausible, I like the imagery you put forward.

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