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Canadian accused of sex with minor in Cambodia may have molested minors in Korea, too: report

Remember how we mentioned a long-time expat here recently got busted in Cambodia for allegedly paying a 14-year-old boy for sex?

Well, according to John Power in Groove, this story might be worse. Much worse:

A former native English teacher in Korea currently facing charges of paying a 14-year-old boy for sex in Cambodia was previously arrested in Seoul on suspicion of fondling a boy and had a history of sexual activity with minors, according to former friends and a recorded conversation.

If the allegations made in the report are true, it would mean a lot of folk really dropped the ball here, including the cops (“I overheard cops laughing about who was going to have to talk with the foreigner”) and possibly the foreign community of Haebangchon:

Savoy added that the allegations against V**** were widely known among foreigners in Haebangchon.

“People talked indignantly but did nothing. I’m excluding a few people from this, including myself as well as anyone else who actually reacted towards a solution, but the general response seemed to be that the shock was public property while justice was an unrelated taboo,” he said in an email.

Why would justice be such a “taboo” in this case?

English teacher who made porn video extradited to Korea… might it be Quincy Black?

The Korea Herald is reporting that a 29-year-old American former teacher at an English village in Daejeon has been extradited from—of all places—Armenia to Korea where he is accused of having made a porn film with a teenage girl:

A 29-year-old American accused of having sex with a teenage girl and posting a video of it online was extradited from Armenia to South Korea on Wednesday, the Ministry of Justice said.

The ministry has been tracking down the suspect’s whereabouts since 2010, when he fled to China as the video stirred a firestorm of criticism in the Korean online community.

“The urgency of each case decides how fast the extradition will take place. In this case, it only took three months, whereas it could take up to three years for other cases,” a prosecutor in charge of the case told The Korea Herald.

Let’s see. Age? Check. Place of employment? Check. Public firestorm? Check. Might we be welcoming back Quincy Black?

(HT to Aaron)

UPDATE: Yep, it’s Quincy Black (thanks, TV Chosun!):

And to think people worried about letting the big newspapers have TV stations.

Anyway, according to the article, one of the girls in the video was 15 years old at the time. Which, if true, would explain why the authorities wanted him back.

As the Chosun reports:

Despite committing a sex crime against children, a serious offense, he shot a video of it with a picture openly on the wall with his name written in Korean. (Note to Chosun: I don’t think that’s his real name).

The Chosun also reports:

The video also caused a stir: as it got around, many foreigners posted comments or SNS messages disparaging Korean women, such as “Korean women are easy to meet (i.e., sleep with).”

I can assure you foreigners weren’t the only ones “disparaging Korean women” online as a result of that video.

Interestingly enough, this was the first extradition to Korea since Seoul joined the Council of Europe’s Convention on Extradition in 2011. So mansae, Korean diplomacy!

What I want to know is what the hell Quincy Black was doing in Armenia. I realize the Russians call people from that part of the world “blackasses,” but still, Armenia doesn’t strike me as a place where a guy like him is going to blend in.

Foreigners busted for drugs, complain of loneliness and stress in Korea

- Prosecutors in lovely Daegu have booked and detained six folk, including a Brit teaching at a local middle school and a Yank hagwon teacher, on charges of smuggling/using “new drugs,” in this case Spice and DMT.

Some 12 other folks, including a USFK dependent and a Canadian hagwon teacher, were booked without detention on the same charges.

Police accuse the motley crew of smuggling the drugs from China and the Netherlands using—sit down for this—international mail and either taking it themselves or selling it to other foreigners.

By nationality, nine were Americans, followed by four Koreans, two Canadians and one Brit, Australians and Kiwi. Personally, I blame the state of Colorado.

The accused reportedly told investigators during questioning that the started taking drugs to “alleviate the loneliness and stress of life in Korea.”

Oh, and speaking of foreign crime, Statistics Korea’s latest report on social trends show that the gap between foreigner and domestic crime rates are closing—the Korean rate of criminality is just 1.8 times that of foreigners. And to make matters worse, foreign criminals tend to be more violent—murder accounted for 0.59% of crimes committed by foreigners in 2010, five times the Korean rate. The rate for mugging was four times higher.

English teachers get their own editorial in the Kukmin Ilbo

The recent deportation of an American English teacher suspected of sexually assaulting a minor in the United States eight years ago inspired the Kukmin Ilbo to pen an editorial on the English teacher menace.

Namely, the paper notes that the current E-2 visa system checks only to see if you’ve been convicted of a crime; it does not check if you’re wanted on suspicion of want. This means murders and rapists could run away to Korea to teach English and nobody would know. The drug check, too, determine whether you’ve done drugs only within the two weeks prior to the test. There has also been a lack of info sharing between investigative bodies like the cops and educational authorities despite what the paper describes as an endless string of drug offenses by foreign English teachers; this lack of sharing makes managing the foreign teacher population difficult.

The bigger problem, says the paper, are the unqualified teachers who enter Korea on tourist visas. Demand for teachers outstrips supply—there are currently about 20,000 foreigners in Korea on E-2 visas, but the number of foreigners teaching English is reportedly far greater. Anyway, the Kukmin Ilbo thinks the government needs to tighten up the foreign teacher hiring and oversight system and wants to see effective measures taken.

The Dong-A Ilbo has more on the case. According to them, the American—who’d been teaching in the Jeollabuk-do area for eight years—was wanted in the States on charges of sexually assaulting a female relative under 12 at his home four times in 2003. A commenter at GI Korea seems to think he knows the guy and give much more detail, but all the caveats about anonymous commenters apply.

Police searching for suspect after English teacher sexually assaulted by taxi driver in Gwangju

The Kukmin Ilbo (and others) are reporting that police are investigating after a 22-year-old American women reported she was sexually assaulted by a tax driver last night.

According to Gwangju’s Seobu Police Station and Gwangsan Police Station, the young woman said she was assaulted in the taxi, which she took from in front of a hospital in Gwangsan-gu, and dumped in an empty lot.

Having lost her phone, she returned to her home in Seo-gu and called her Korean friend, after which either she or her friend called 112.

Police tracked her phone to the Hanam Industrial Complex in Gwangsan-gu. They are now looking for the suspect based on the victim’s testimony and CCTV footage.

Korean mother trying to get her kid back after English teacher husband runs away to America with child

Very interesting story from Yonhap (later picked up by Ye Old Chosun, Dong-A Ilbo, etc.) about a Korean mother trying to get her kid back after her American father ran away with the child to America.

Unfortunately for her, she’s running into serious problems, mostly of Korea’s own making it would seem.

The mother, 40-year-old Kim Hyeon-jeong (fake name), has filed a suit in a US court and sent petitions to Korean-American groups in the United States, and she is considering all means of getting her kid back, but so far nothing is working.

Kim married her husband, 42-year-old American English teacher Brian Smith (fake name), in 2005 after several years of dating. In February of this year, however, her husband ran away to the United States with their 15-month-old child while Kim was at work.

Kim claims a lot of planning went into this. Her husband, who had a lot of complaints about Korean culture and his life in Korea which apparently wer later by marital discord, conducted a test run to take away her child with an American work colleague. And one month prior to running away to the States, he turned in Kim’s US green card (Marmot’ Note: Is that possible?).

Kim looked for ways to get her child back, but Korea’s status as a non-party to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction has proven a stumbling block.

In case you were wondering what that convention was, this is from the Wikipedia link above:

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, or Hague Abduction Convention is a multilateral treaty developed by the Hague Conference on Private International Law that provides an expeditious method to return a child internationally abducted by a parent from one member nation to another.

Currently, 84 countries are party to the convention.

Korea, however, is not one of them. A bill to join the convention was introduced to the 18th National Assembly, but it got tied up in committee and automatically died with the beginning of the 19th National Assembly.

In April, Kim filed for divorce in a Korean court and was granted custody of her kid.

She then submitted the Korean court’s decision to a district court in Oklahoma, where her now ex-husband and child live, and asked that her child be handed over.

The US court, however, deferred executing the Korean court’s decision for 60 days, saying it could not determine whether Korean court decisions regarding foreigners were fair. In September, the US court outright refused to execute the Korean court’s decision, arguing that Korea was a non-party to the Hague Abduction Convention and Korean courts were so biased against Americans that it approached the level of a human rights violation.

Ouch.

Kim appealed the decision, and the matter has gone to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Clutching at straws, she is also senting petitions to Korean-American groups in the United States, including the Korean American Women’s Association- USA (KAWAUSA) and Korean-American groups in Oklahoma and Texas.

She has also sent petitions to several National Assembly committees asking that they get the Hague Abduction Convention passed,

Meeting with Yonhap, Kim asked that (the National Assembly, presumably) boost Korea’s international prestige as a nation of human rights by joining the Hague Abduction Convention and prevent a recurrence of this tragedy where a parent cannot get her child back just because she is Korean.

Marmot’s Note: Look at the map of Hague Abduction Convention signatories, and you’ll notice most of Asia isn’t party to it. In particular, Japan has earned notoriety for parental child abductions. Singapore entered into the convention this year, with the US State Department praising Singapore for “serving as a role model in the region.” Japan submitted legislation in March to join the convention, but much to some parents’ chagrin, it hasn’t gone anywhere since. Last year, US State Department Special Advisor for International Children’s Issues Susan Jacobs was in Seoul urging Korea to join the Hague Abduction Convention, arguing that it would be to Korea’s benefit with the growing number of international marriages in Korea.

Japan’s hesitance to join can best be explained—at least according to Wiki—to the way Japan’s legal system handled child custody issues:

The main impediment to Japan’s signing the convention is that it would require an overhaul of the Japanese legal system. Japanese family law considers issues of divorce custody, child support or alimony as predominantly private matters. Consequently, Japan has no enforcement mechanism to enforce foreign custody rulings or recommendations made by its own domestic courts. Furthermore, Japan does not recognise joint parental authority or shared “residence” after divorce. As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, however, Japan is supposed to recognize the right of a child to obtain non-custodial parent visitation. However, the Supreme Court of Japan has recently ruled[when?] that this does not amount to the right of non-custodial parents to see their children (it has ruled that state-enforced visitation is the right of neither parent nor children). This ruling, in effect, makes visitation without the cooperation of the custody-holding parent a practical impossibility.

Japan has also argued, apparently, that the convention would not protect Japanese women from abusive foreign husbands:

Japan has argued that becoming a signatory of the convention may not protect Japanese women and their children from abusive non-Japanese husbands.[72] According to an editorial from the Asahi Shimbun, a significant number of parental abduction cases filed in North America and Europe involve Japanese wives,[73] and of those wives a number of them claim their husbands were abusive.

As for why Korea won’t join the convention, I suspect the reasons are similar to those of Japan. Most of the Korean-language articles I’ve read seem fairly positive about the convention, especially now, with international marriages on the rise and the spectre of spouses fleeing home with the kids growing. I also suspect the changing gender dynamics of international marriage in Korea might help boost enthusiasm for joining the convention, much in the way said dynamics helped boost understanding and sympathy for international marriage as a whole.

A chicken in every pot, a round-eye in every classroom

So, Koreans may have expressed preference for Korean teachers, and Seoul Office of Education seemed pretty intent on getting rid of their native speaking English teachers, but the Education Ministry apparently wants to put a native speaker in every school by next year:

The education ministry said Monday it will recruit 2,300 more native-speaking English teachers for the country’s primary and secondary schools next year so that each school will have at least one in line with the ministry’s emphasis of the new school curriculum on practical English usage.

To revamp public English education and reduce spending on private learning, the ministry has been hiring qualified native English instructors for elementary, middle and high schools to assist Korean teachers in classrooms since September 2009.

For those keeping score at home, only 73% of Korean elementary, middle and high schools have native speakers (84% of elementary schools, 61% of middle and high schools).

Sorry that hash oil didn’t work out for you

An American English teacher in Changwon has been busted for eating cookies backed with smuggled hash oil.

Police are still investigating where the oil came from.

Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights accepts claim challenging AIDS testing of English teachers

VOA’s Steve Herman reports on the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ decision to accept a claim against South Korea filed by a New Zealand woman who was employed as an English teacher in the country.

He speaks a good deal with Prof. Benjamin Wagner, and is well worth the listen. Not sure the guy representing the pro-testing side did his team any favors.

And on the drunken, high and sexually miscreant foreigner (and gyopo!) front…

Over at Three Wise Monkeys, Christopher Smith writes the unthinkable—that Westerners living in Korea may be contributing to their own occasionally besmirched reputations:

Can any sympathy be given for MBC’s program and its producers? Some might say that there is no smoke without fire. Are Westerners blameless and merely the victims of Korea’s insecurities about foreigners? After all, they do use the same word for “alien,” “외국,” as they do for “foreigner.”

A few weeks ago there was a foreigner beach party on Wando beach, Jeollanamdo, which every teacher currently working in public schools in that province will have heard about. The party-goers caused quite a number of complaints to come from locals that included too much noise, rubbish on the beach, topless women, and, worst of the lot, the vandalism of a closed public toilet, which was broken into and although without any plumbing (the reason for the closure), was utilized anyway causing what I would imagine to be a particularly unpleasant sight and smell.

The regional coordinator of public school teachers was quite rightly furious and sent a strongly worded e-mail to all teachers warning against any future misconduct and declaring the price that would be paid if the perpetrators are identified.

But this was all a one-off, right? I mean people from any country and any culture can have a bad day, and there are plenty of expats living in Korea who would turn their noses up at such behavior. While this last statement is obviously true, perhaps it is time that those of us coming from Western English-speaking cultures admitted that we have a growing problem with our moral behavior and reputation in other countries and especially with regard to Asian countries.

Not sure what the 외국 comment meant—we use “alien” and “foreigner” interchangeably, too. Or at least we used to, before we abandoned them both in favor of “immigrant,” used regardless of sojourn status or even legality of residence.

Besides that, though, his other observations ring sadly true. I by no means intend to discount the role racism and sexual insecurities play in the occasional displays of resentment expressed by Korean men at Western men. Much of the resentment, though, is based on racism and disrespect aimed at them by Westerners, not all of which is just perceived.

Sadly, the structure of Korea’s Western community probably doesn’t help. Between the English teachers and the GIs, you’re dealing with a lot of young men, the social constituency most likely to do stupid shit. This already troubled constituency is then hit by a double whammy—living overseas, the social pressures of their home societies no longer apply, and in Korea, the host society does not do a very good job of enforcing its social pressures on Western foreigners.

They are, in essence, free of social restraint. Most Westerners can handle it, but many cannot. We’ve all seen it, and more to the point, your Korean neighbors have all seen it.

Anyway, read Mr. Smith’s post in its entirety. The writer also has what seems like quite an interesting blog here, and I see he’s been to Indonesia’s Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, which ranks very, very high on my list of places to visit and photograph at least once in my life.

While we’re on the subject of misbehaving Westerners, NoCut News has run a four-part series on, and I quote the series title, “The Reality and Twisted Values of Some White Men.”

No, I’m serious, that’s what’s it’s called.

The inspiration for this, of course, was NoCut’s big scoop on the Western dude who secretly recorded himself having sex with Korean women (who has reportedly been sacked and is undergoing investigation).

Anyway, Part I deals with the ongoing saga of Chris Golightly, the American contestant on Superstar K3 who, according to the report, is now being investigated on charges of defrauding and blackmailing his ex-girlfriend. Most of the story, though, deals with him being a serious player. Or at least allegedly being a serious player. And a douche. Or allegedly a douche, anyway, with most of the testimony coming from his ex-girlfriend.

Since, as everyone knows, angry ex-girlfriends usually make the most reliable of sources.

Part II deals with websites and books on dating Korean women, such as this site, some nameless Youtube video I’d be keen to see and the book “Making Out in Korean.” The big beef is that many white guys come to Korea already with ideas about Korean women.

Part III is about drugs, and Part IV—personally, my favorite—deals with Itaewon’s night culture. This one is pure comedy gold, and ends with this money quote:

Of course, we don’t intend at all to defame all foreign men in Korea just by one nightime scene of Itaewon’s club street.

It’s true, however, that the foreign men this reporter saw on the street in Itaewon appeared to be nothing more than hunters chasing Korean women. It was filled with, literally, “white hunters.”

I assume they’re not referring to these guys.

At least the Nigerians can enjoy a break.

I wish I had time to translate these stores—their entertainment value alone is immeasurable.

Now, dear gyopo readers, before you get too giggly reading about the journalistic misfortunes of your more melanin deficient brethren, you haven’t been forgotten, either. In E-Today last week, one story on drugs noted that while native speaking teachers (i.e., whitey) needed to submit drug tests and criminal records, you guys—and by you guys, I mean F-4 visa-holding gyopo—did not, and this was a blind spot in Korea’s drug enforcement efforts. With the number of gyopo involved in drug offenses on the rise, this has led to calls for F-4 visa holders to submit drug tests and criminal records, too. They even got somebody from Anti-English Spectrum on record calling for strengthened controls on gyopo.

On a positive note, though, it appears—judging from this comment—that somebody in an official position has issued an opinion about the MBC program on foreign relationships.

Sex, an English Teacher and (Secretly Recorded) Videotape

NoCut News reports that a 30-year-old American teacher at a hagwon attached to a well-known private university in Seoul secretly recorded dozens of films of him having sex with Korean women.

This fiend—well, alleged fiend, identified as Mr. A—teaches English to elementary school and university students while attending the graduate school of said university. During the vacations such as now, he teaches conversational English to students and ordinary folk.

The world learned of the deviancy of this English teacher, who has been in Korea for four years, quite accidentally. The truth was almost buried forever. Or so said NoCutNews.

A female uni student by the name of B, who was friendly with A after meeting him at some gathering, was shocked when, while using A’s notebook computer recently, she found strange videos saved. These videos showed A having sex with women, and judging from the angle and the girls’ faces, it appeared the women didn’t know they were being filmed.

Using A’s social media services, B found one of the women in the videos and let her know about it. Shocked, she said she knew nothing about it.

The girl in the video immediately called A and demanded the video be erased, but she did not call the cops for fear that a) A might release the video out of spite, and b) that a bigger mess might be caused by going to the police.

Ms. B, who found the video, could not keep quiet as she felt betrayed by A.

Mr. A, whom she met at an association of like-minded persons, was popular with the group members thanks to his personality and interpersonal skills and had a good reputation. This is because on the outside he seemed a solid man, teaching students English as he attended graduate school.

B said she was shocked by the videos, as she could not believe A would do such a thing with his upright image.

B said she found about 20 videos on his computer; several women appeared in them. She said it seems most of the women in the videos still don’t know such recordings exist.

B said when she asked A about this, he said the women all know about the recordings. When she continued to press the issue, however, he admitted he recorded them secretly.

B thought there must be many victims, but it would be impossible to find and contact them all. Moreover, when she went to the cyber cops, they told her that it would be difficult for her to make a complaint as she was not in any of the videos.

So B went to CBS NoCutNews out of fear that should the matter be swept under the rug, there would be more victims.

Under current law, recording another person’s body in a way that could cause sexual desire or shame against their will is a punishable offense. Secretly recording sex is also not an offense subject to complaint, so police could recognize his crime even without a complaint from one of the victims.

Yu I Hwa-yeong, the director of the sexual violence center of Korea Women’s Hotline, said even if a foreigner commits a crime, it’s hard to process the case due to poor communication, and if the assailant flees the country, it’s often difficult to punish him.

She also said because of society’s twisted view that a women became the victim of a crime because she dated a foreigner, victimized women hesitate to make complaints, and this also makes punishing foreign criminals difficult.

Meanwhile, A reportedly will return to the United States in early August when his classes finish.

Yes, I’ve been too busy to post about yet another English teacher drug bust

I guess this is the problem with transient populations—the same stupid mistakes getting repeated over and over again:

An American English teacher in Gyeonggi was arrested yesterday by police for suspicion of distributing some 9 million won ($7,918) worth of marijuana and other recreational drugs to a ring of kindergarten teachers, hagwon (private institute) instructors and college professors.

A ring of ‘em, I tell you. A ring!

What made this bust heartwarming, though, is that it brought together foreign (presumably white) teachers, gyopo students and locals:

A 26-year-old female Korean-American graduate student surnamed Baek and a 48-year-old man surnamed Kim, who runs a band practice room near the Hongik University area, served as middlemen and allegedly helped J distribute the illegal drugs in Seoul and Gyeonggi.

On a more serious note, Matt at Gusts of Popular Feeling does a good job bringing together the various reports on this bust—if you’re an English teacher, be prepared for calls for hair testing and/or random urine tests.

(HT to Wedge)

Yank English teacher mocks immigration law by getting new job after leaving old one without notice

NoCut News brings us the latest outrage committed by a foreign English teacher in Korea—an American woman identified as S is mocking Korean immigration law by running away from one work place before her contract was over and getting a job at another. Immigration just handed her another visa without bothering to check.

And as if this weren’t bad enough, she’s made a complaint against her former employer to the Ministry of Labor claiming unpaid wages!

In NoCut’s words, “This English teacher, who thus caused the hagwon great losses and left her workplace without notice, is teaching children after getting hired as a teacher at an elementary school in the province by changing her visa as she likes, as if mocking Korea’s poor foreigner immigration policy.”

The fiend!

A Mr. Choi (35), the head of the Siheung branch of a particular hagwon chain, hired Ms. S (24) through an agency last August. He invited S to Korea after signing her to a one-year deal that would end the following August.

Just five months into her contract, however, S sent a letter to Choi saying she didn’t like working in a provincial area and needed to find work in Seoul. Choi said no and told her to finish her contract, but on March 6, she fled her residence.

Two days later, she changed her E-2 visa to a D-10 visa at the immigration office in Ansan and got work as an English teacher at an elementary school in Gunpo through a recruiter.

The problem is that while S went alone to the immigration offices in both Ansan and Suwon to get her visa changed, none of the offices saw that she had left her previous workplace without notice and just processed her visa quickly, indicating sloppy immigration policy.

She even filed a complaint against her old boss with the Ministry of Labor, claiming she had not received a month’s wages (2.1 million won), and now Choi is being investigated.

Choi said he had to eat a loss of about 10 million won, including the airfare, the agency fee, getting S her visa, accommodation rent and now the screwed-up teaching schedule. He complained with immigration policy so sloppy, who’s going to believe the government and hire a foreign teacher?

Fear not, though—an immigration official in Ansan said while they were only following regulations, they now know the visa change regulations were insufficient, and that said regulations would be changed to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Four English teachers busted for pot

Busan Vice has arrested has detained an American English teachers and booked without detention three other foreign English teachers for selling and using weed.

The Yank, identified as J, is charged with bringing back 264g of weed from Cambodia in May; some of it he smoked, and some of it he sold to three foreign English teachers working at elementary schools and hagwon in the Haeundae area.

The other three are accused not only of regularly smoking J’s product, but also regularly taking oxycodone.

Naughty. Very naughty.

Well, on a positive note, at least they didn’t mail themselves the pot.

Welcome back to Korea

An American English teacher who fled Korea in 2010 after being accused of molesting four boys in Daegu has been extradited to Korea.

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