Intent on creating a fun-free world, Ye Olde Chosun ends its war against public drunkeness and begins a new one against another vice—Korea’s “export” of prostitution.
To sum up—Korea exports a lot of prostitutes to America. Didn’t know about the dozens of Korean prostitutes who got lost for several days in Glacier National Park trying to smuggle themselves into the United States in 2005, though. They eventually got picked up by Border Patrol (who, thankfully, weren’t blowing each other at Cirque du Soleil this time), but they were badly bitten by mosquitoes. Anyway, a Korean in LA said because of this, while South and Central America is seen by the media as the source of drugs, Korea is the source of illicite massage girls.
Korean prostitution has been perhaps an even bigger problem in Australia, where it has caused something of a diplomatic dispute and Korean diplomats have written Sydney mayors asking them to “dob in” Korean working girls. A white guy in Australia was also killed trying to “rescue” a Korean prostitute and another prostitute was set alight in Sydney by a spurned john. The Korean government asked Hojustan to strengthen its visa screenings of Korean women (I wonder how many governments ask foreign states to get tougher with their citizens), but it’s students wishing to study abroad who are paying the price.
Apparently lots of working girls in Japan, too, thanks to stength of the yen and the fact that Koreans can stay 90 days without a visa. According to the Chosun, you can find many Korean girls working as “delivery health” (where the eff do the Japanese come up with these terms?) providers in Tokyo’s love hotel district.
Interestingly, while some Korean gangs sending girls to Japan have been busted, Korean working girls in Japan have almost never been arrested since they look like Japanese girls and are working under the protection of Japanese crime organizations.
You’ve got a growing number of Korean college girls doing part-time work in the entertainment establishments of Shanghai, too.
Christ, you’ve even got Korean massage joints in American movies (“Couple’s Retreat,” “Hall Pass”) and CSI!
Mind you, it’s not just girls going abroad (although there’s a lot of them, too—a 2010 Ministry of Gender Equality report estimates the number of Korean working girls abroad at 100,000, with 50,000 in Japan alone, and Korea is believed to provide the largest number of prostitutes to the United States, followed by Thailand, Peru and Mexico). It’s guys going abroad and bringing their nighttime entertainment culture with them. Lots of Korean-style brothels popping up throughout Asia, including Russia and Uzbekistan, where, as the Chosun points out, Korean guys wanting to meet white chicks go.
I bet the do-gooders at the Ministry of Gender of Equality weren’t counting on this when the Special Law on Prostitution got passed in 2004.