USFK has issued a statement of regret for an incident that took place last night in—sit for this—Dongducheon in which a 26-year-old GI attempted to sexually assault a bar worker. Or so he is accused. He is also accused of beating the bar owner when he stepped in to stop the alleged assault.
According to the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office, crimes by American GIs climbed 20.5% between 2007 (283 cases) and last year (341 cases). The upward trend has continued through this year—as of the end of June, GIs had committed 205 crimes. In particular, sex crimes and drug crimes have skyrocketed. In 2008 and 2009, there were just four cases of sex crimes committed by GIs. This year, there were already seven cases as of the end of June. In 2008 and 2009, GIs committed four and six drug-related offenses, respectively. This year, they’ve already committed 10.
An opposition lawmaker has claimed USFK’s mail is being used to smuggle drugs into the country. From the KT:
The U.S. military postal system is being used as a supply channel for new kinds of drugs entering Korea, according to an opposition lawmaker Monday.
To put the brakes on the runaway rise in drugs sent here, it is crucial the Korea Customs Service (KCS) steps up surveillance and inspections Rep. Kim Hyun-mee of the main opposition Democratic United Party. The KCS seized 2.878 kilograms of illegal drugs from the Joint Military Mail Terminal (JMMT) in the first nine months of this year. That is 7.7 times higher than a year ago, Kim said.
Most of the drugs seized were “JWH-018,” better known as “spice,” which mainly sells secretly in Hongdae and Itaewon, Rep. Kim said in a press release.