Myeong-dong Hiking Club still pimping Korean girls to Japanese tourists, doing very little hiking

Remember the Myeong-dong Mountain Hiking Association?

Police might have booked 32 of them back in April for introducing lonely Japanese male tourists to entrepreneurial Korean women, but it turns out not a single one served prison time. What’s worse, they’re back out there in Myeong-dong, fixing up Japanese tourists with local prostitutes.

Turns out after their arrests, most of the “club”‘s member got off with fines as individual members pleaded guilty to being touts for prostitution. The court couldn’t get them for being members of a gang, though—for that, you’d need an organizational head, a code of conduct and other “organizational” things.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    So they connected 2 willing parties who wanted to exchange money for services? Im glad they got off scott free.

  • Madar

    Wow, they didn’t even do the bare minimum to disguise the fact that they were starting up again! What balls! They could have at least changed the clubs name to something like, “The organization for international assistance of improvised young Korean ladies.”

  • Brendon Carr

    Without the prosecution finding the letterhead and bylaws of the group, unless the members confess to it, there’s no group.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    As a point of principal for the actual act, I agree with you. What happens between consenting adults (so long as the act does not affect others) is none of the state’s business and should not be addressed by the law.

    The problem, however, is that when laws are unenforced, they get ignored. When laws are ignored, it leads to a disregard and contempt for all laws. That’s basically the problem in Korea. What laws actually get enforced? Driving here is a mess because virtually all traffic laws are ignored. Stop lights, stop signs, speed limits mean nothing, and Korea has the highest traffic related fatality rate in the OECD. Labor law is a joke because although there is law, there are no provisions for enforcement and the laws are ignored anyway. The only law that seems serious here is the very wise law against criticizing judicial decisions.

  • disqus_G3yluC4qvg

    i tried to find a case of israeli men taking german men to find israeli women.

    i couldnt find one.

  • Matrix

    Bloody hypocrites…

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    I bet you never really tried.

  • Arghaeri

    I’m really curious as to what an “improvised young lady” might be, is this the latest term for transgender?

  • Craash beck

    and starting next year – there is supposed to be no smoking inside hofs or restaurants…

    somehow – I can’t see that being enforced…

  • cactusmcharris

    club members got off

    Wasn’t that the point? And wouldn’t it be just the cat’s pajamas if some folks here saw this as an improving factor in Japanese-Korean relations?

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Hopefully you are right.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    The problem is when there are too many laws.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    I again disagree with you. You understand the libertarian part about freedom to assume the moral hazard for yourself. You forget the part about your moral hazard hazarding others. Your freedom to wildly move your fists stops where someone else’s face begins.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    A libertarian response is that you don’t really have a right to enter private premises. If the owner wants to allow smoking where is it your right to override him? Simply choose a place that caters to non-smokers. And I’m saying this as a non-smoker. But I do think there needs to be a ban on smoking in public areas, though with the proviso that I’d prefer most public spaces to be private.

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