10:52 pm - 07/14/2019

Exploiting disadvantaged teens for sex to be punished by law

People who incite suicides and adults who have “consensual” sex with teenagers under the age of 16 will be punished under newly revised laws, the police said Sunday.

The Korean National Police Agency said it will strictly enforce violations of both laws -- on protecting juveniles from sexual abuse and preventing suicide. The amendments take effect Tuesday.

Under the revised law on sexual abuse, adults who have sexual intercourse with teenagers aged between 13 and 16 by taking advantage of their “poor” circumstances can be sentenced to at least three years in jail, regardless of whether there was consent.

“Poor” circumstances could refer to mental, physical or financial difficulties -- for example, teenagers who run away from troubled homes would be protected under the revised law.

There have been cases in which offenders provided accommodation and pocket money to teenage runaways in return for sex. The offenders avoided punishment by arguing the minors had given their consent, which was a valid legal defense.

Previously, adults who sexually exploited teenagers between 13 and 16 could only face punishment if rape or other forcible sex acts could be proven. “Unlawful sexual intercourse under consent” was only punishable by law when the victims were under 13.

With the changes in place, the police plan to carry out a campaign to prevent this category of sexual offenses and sternly deal with them. People who report the offenses can receive rewards of up to 1 million won ($850), they said.

Starting Tuesday, the police will also carry out an intensive crackdown on online activities that incite suicide.

Under the revision, anyone who recruits people for group suicides and shares information for that purpose can face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to 20 million won. Sharing photos or videos online about specific ways to end one’s life can also incur similar penalties.

Source: Korea Herald
premonitioner 15th-Jul-2019 05:04 am (UTC)
the fact that this is only becoming a law in the year of our lord 2019 is a fucking disgrace and that adults can still legally have sex with 'consenting' minors if they're not 'poor' is even more shameful

Edited at 2019-07-15 05:06 am (UTC)
nana_the_dwarf 15th-Jul-2019 05:10 am (UTC)
...How was this not a law already?
lil_poisonfrog 15th-Jul-2019 05:48 am (UTC)
anyone who recruits people for group suicides

Do I even wanna know?? Is this a cult thing??
dantethetaco 15th-Jul-2019 07:56 am (UTC)
This made me think of an episode of Paranoia Agent were a group of people meet up through the internet to commit suicide. So, I guess it's a thing in Japan and Korea???
premonitioner 15th-Jul-2019 02:01 pm (UTC)
[suicide cw]not a cult thing, but a thing where people who talk about wanting to die online but are afraid to do it alone get together and help each other die - it's essentially suicide pacts but usually with strangers.

tho there was a case within the last few years in Japan where a man would lure suicidal teens to his house and murder them

Edited at 2019-07-15 02:02 pm (UTC)
lizanka23 15th-Jul-2019 05:58 am (UTC)
so korea's statutory rape laws are still only for children under 13 years old? ok...also those men are terrible. is there enough support for runaway and homeless teenagers in korea though? they should pay attention to why the girls are so desperate that they are even willing to do survival sex

Edited at 2019-07-15 06:03 am (UTC)
hellicoptajuuce 15th-Jul-2019 08:16 am (UTC)
Why notbjust increase the min age to 18 and be done with it? That will close a lotta loopholes that we all know will be used eg being a man
daynr 15th-Jul-2019 07:36 pm (UTC)
the fact that this even needs to be announced and a new law passed ....
modestgoddess79 16th-Jul-2019 12:47 am (UTC)
A step in the right direction but will they actually enforce it
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