sex workers

According to Korea Times, Korean sex workers want anti-sex trade laws scrapped.  (I hope those guys aren’t the sex workers): 

Korea has banned the sex trade since two pertinent laws went into effect in 2004, dealing a serious blow to the industry.

“Part of the anti-sex trafficking laws about those who sell sex is against the Constitution,” a sex worker said in a news conference in Seoul hosted by their trade association, Hanteo.

The clause limits sex workers’ rights to sexual autonomy and their freedom to enjoy a free sex life as adults, they argued.

As Mr. Marmot mentioned a couple of days ago – the sex workers aren’t the only ones seeking a change to the law.

Speaking of enjoying a free sex life – when do Korean girls have their first sexual experiences?  According to  Chosun Ilbo (September 26, 2012) it is 21:

Korean women first have sex at the age of 21.5 and hope to have their first child at 31.9, according to a straw poll marking 2012 World Contraception Day.

And to think….I didn’t even know there was a World Contraception Day (about half way down).

The age when Korean women want their first child is the highest in Asia, but many are lax with contraception. Some 67 percent of Korean respondents said they have had sex without contraceptives at least once, and 14 percent they were unaware of the risk of pregnancy.

Asked about their preferred method of contraception, 48 percent said condoms and 15 percent contraceptive pills. Sixteen percent answered they have no plans to use contraception.

Wonder how this works in?  Number of HIV carriers (in Korea) hits record high of 8,544:

In research conducted by the center and the Korea Federation for HIV/AIDS, the largest age group to be newly diagnosed were those in their 40s who accounted for 24.8 percent of the total.

Those in their 20s stood at 23.4 percent, followed by those in their 30s and 50s at 22.3 percent and 16.1 percent, respectively.

Ninety-two percent, or 7,860, of all the HIV carriers were male. The number of males who were newly confirmed carriers of the virus in 2011 was 827.

The accumulated numbers of those with the virus stood at 7,771 in 2010, 7003 in 2009, 6,206 in 2008, 5,466 in 2007 and 4,717 in 2006.

Among the total carriers whose route of infection could be traced, 99.2 percent said they caught the disease through sexual contact, with 60.4 percent saying that sexual contact was with a member of the opposite gender.

Now let me get this straight.  99.2% became infected through sex and 92% of the HIV carriers are male and that 60.4% of them became infected through hetrosexual sex.  Does this add up to you?

And – Dong An Ilbo tells us why Korean pedophiles offend – somehow I knew Japan would be mentioned in the article – I would cut and paste it but the fonts are too much of a problem.  But, one of the offenders said, “When I often watched Japanese pornography, I frequently had the urge to have sex with young women.”  Hmmm.

 There has been talk about castrating the offenders – chemically – but is that a good idea?  According to this article and this one at NPR (which is probably better than the former):

Researchers in Korea found that eunuchs – castrated men living centuries ago – outlived others by a significant margin due to absence of such hormones.  The evidence comes after careful study of genealogy records of noble members of the Imperial court of the Korean Chosun dynasty (AD 1392-1910), the Daily Mail reported.

“This discovery adds an important clue for understanding why there is a difference in the expected life span between men and women,” Kyung-Jin Min, of Inha University, said.

By poring over records, Min and his colleague Cheol-Koo Lee, of Korea University, found that eunuchs lived 14 to 19 years longer than other men did.

International Business Times adds this to the story:

Eunuchs in Korea, called naesi, enjoyed a special status as servants to the royal family and as bodyguards to the king and his harem. Male eunuchs were either castrated accidentally — sometimes after being injured by dogs — or on purpose, as a quick way to move up in the world. They could marry and adopt girls or castrated boys.

You knew I had to get Joseon history in this posting some way or another.  I might add that Horace N. Allen – one of the first Western doctors in Korea treated at least one eunuch for a STD.