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Will the foreigners PLEASE stop molesting women at the beach, Part II

It’s the summer vacation season, which means it’s time for another episode of Foreigners Gone Wild.

Cops in Busan’s Haeundae beach district are apparently quite concerned after a string of arrests of migrant workers accused of sexually molesting underage girls and photographing women at the beach.

The latest including a Bangladeshi accused of molesting two 17-year-old girls in the water Saturday, a Vietnamese accused of molesting another two 17-year-old girls the same day, and a Burmese dude accused of using his smart phone to photograph nine women in their bikinis.

The week before, they arrested three foreigners, including two Vietnamese and a Pakistani civil servant, of secretly photographing women in bikinis.

Some of the locals are nervous, too:

일부 피서객들은 불안감과 불쾌감을 표시하고 있습니다.

(장예란/울산시 반구동”겁나죠, 솔직히 얼굴색도 다른데다가…불쾌할 때도 있고”)

Well, I suppose the honesty is refreshing—not many people are willing to say those sorts of things on record any more, much less in a swimsuit in front of a camera (although they edited out the “얼굴색” part from the video, oddly).

Meanwhile, according to Busan.com, Haeundae district authorities and local cops are “trembling with fear” with migrant workers from the Busan, Ulsan and Gyeongsangnam-do region expected to descend on Haeundae’s beaches en masse. This is because with foreign workers committing sex crimes on the beaches or illegally sleeping outside, active guidance from the authorities is needed, but there’s fear that such efforts might be branded “racist.”

Haeundae Police Station reportedly sent at an official letter to roughly 1,600 companies in the Busan area that employ foreign workers asking them to send their foreign workers somewhere other than Haeundae or break up their vacation periods—normally concentrated in late July and early August. They also sent out an info memo—translated into four languages—on basic law and order and the ban on sexual harassment and sleeping outdoors. From the end of the month, they plan to conduct guidance activities to prevent sex crimes and sleeping outdoors.

Haeundae District Office, too, also sent an official letter to the Human Resources Development Service of Korea and Ministry of Employment and Labor’s East Busan office requesting they cooperate in educating foreign workers and employers about public order during the vacation period.

The concern stems from last year, when some foreign laborers were arrested for molesting or secretly photographing women playing in the water. Foreign laborers sleeping in the open near the beaches have apparently become a nuisance, too.

The authorities are approaching the matter carefully, though, for fear that guidance activities aimed at foreign laborers only could ignite a racism debate. Because of this, there are also calls to either divide the timing or destinations of foreign laborers’ vacations or create vacation facilities just for them.

An official from Haeundae Police Station said every summer vacation season, companies just put their foreign workers on a bus and drop them off at Haeundae Beach. Watching over them to ensure that they get along OK at the resort was the responsibility of employer, too, he said.

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  • jkitchstk

    Well, that Switzerland soccer players racist slur seems to have Koreans looking inward afterall…”but there’s fear that such efforts might be branded “racist.”

    Despite their “fear” of being branded racist isn’t what they’re doing exactly that…?
    “Haeundae Police Station reportedly sent at an official letter to roughly 1,600 companies in the Busan area that employ foreign workers asking them to send their foreign workers somewhere other than Haeundae or break up their vacation periods—normally concentrated in late July and early August.”

    The kicker…
    “They also sent out an info memo—translated into four languages—on basic law and order and the ban on sexual harassment and sleeping outdoors. From the end of the month, they plan to conduct guidance activities to prevent sex crimes and sleeping outdoors.”

    Because foreigners need more guidance in order to stop sex crimes more than Koreans. I didn’t know I can’t fall asleep under my parasol at the beach. No pics, no drinking, no smoking, no exposing myself(they should first learn what “molestation” means),
    http://asiancorrespondent.com/86542/korean-supreme-court-overturns-conviction-of-pants-dropper/

    no sleep, what a bore!

  • R. Elgin

    The police are terrible, especially in how they handle sex molestation in many cases.

    A recent point in case, my Australian friend and is Korean lady friend, where having drinks at a bar. The woman goes to the bathroom and is approached and assaulted by a Korean man in his early 20′s, She bit him and he is caught by workers at the bar. The police come and take the man, his victim inside the local police station. The Australian and young friends of the rapist were refused entry. The friends of the rapist were yelling and cursing the police while the Australian calmly asked an officer what was going on. Meanwhile the police allowed the father of the rapist inside the station so there were the rapist, the victim AND the father of the rapist inside. After six hours, the woman was driven away from the station by police and when my Australian friend caught up with her, she said she had elected to forgive the rapist, who was also doing his military service at that time.

    The police were extremely unprofessional in their performance to allow the father of the rapist into the station and to expose the victim to psychological intimidation and duress. The police were more of an aid to the rapist than to serving justice and need to revise their method of handling sex molestation cases.

    A foreigner was merely a witness in this occasion but how much worse would it have been if the victim were foreign? The answer is too obvious.

  • Lliane

    but it’s okay when the Korea Times is secretly photographing white women in bikini ?

  • kaizenmx

    Who cares about photographing girls on bikini.

  • hardyandtiny

    you can photograph people at the beach..korea is fucked in the head

  • brier

    To photograph at the beach you just need a press pass and bonus (boner) points if the victim, I’m sorry, women is white.

  • rob

    boryoung mud festival anyone?

  • PC Bahng or Bust

    R Elgin:

    Rape requires penetration by the penis of the vagina, anus or mouth. Did that really happen in the toilets of the bar?

    - As for Busan, one of my first memories in Korea was driving to a beach near Incheon at 5 am with a bunch of friends and being amazed at the hundreds of drunk families sleeping in tents among piles of soju bottles and garbage while their older children let off fireworks and their toddlers ran around unattended. What are these migrant workers doing that is not behaviour claimed as the Constitutional birthright of every Korean citizen? The right to take off your socks, thrust your groin into the faces of foreign women and pass out on the street surrounded by half-eaten boxes of fried chicken is integral to Korean citizenship, and it is unfair for the Busan police to blame the foreigners in question for adopting this behaviour. I never saw any Korean men (or women) punished for this sort of behaviour, so why is the double standard being employed for foreigners? Oh yeah, some nonsense the Constitutional court gave about full human rights only being guaranteed for citizens of Daehan Jeguk. What a life.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    #7,

    Bingo!

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  • Q

    Be consoled folks suffering in S. Korea. Korean news reported Korean citizen Lee was arrested after secret beach videotaping bikini swimsuit women’s specific body parts. I hope your souls have great peace and be assured justice fulfilled:

    http://news.nate.com/view/20120805n11271