11:26 am - 06/15/2012

Texas County Declares War on Korean Brothels

Harris County in Houston, Texas [southwest USA] has declared war on Korean brothels, seeking to stamp out prostitution and other illegal activity. The county on Wednesday submitted a petition to a local court seeking to close down three massage parlors and one night club run by Koreans.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Harris County wrote in the petition that the proprietors "use young women, mostly from Korea, to perform services." County officials are seeking a court order to shut them down for one year.

It is rare for a U.S. county to single out a particular establishment for closure, but there had been constant complaints from local residents. "According to a news release from Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan's office, hundreds of calls for service have been made to law enforcement agencies since 2009 resulting in 57 investigations," the paper said. A police raid on the massage parlors resulted in the arrests of seven sex workers, six of them Korean.

City officials in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New Jersey, which have large Korean populations, are also having a hard time trying to deal with Korean brothels. The situation is the same in Australia, Japan and other countries.

Late last year, the Washington Post said there were more than 80 Asian women in the northern Virginia region engaged in prostitution, most of them Korean. It said they come to the U.S. in search of a new life, but most of them cannot escape the shackles of prostitution.

Source: Chosun Ilbo
oh. policies involving prostitution in the us seriously need to be re-examined...
k0dama 15th-Jun-2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
Prostitution is a huge problem in Korea too. There's also women/kids who are kidnapped right off the streets, shipped out to some island/other countries), and forced to become slaves. Maybe some international police cooperation could be useful to cut off / hinder the suppliers.
sisterjune 16th-Jun-2012 05:15 am (UTC)
jesus christ. is this a problem in other asian countries? I know Thailand has a thriving sex business but last I checked it was much more regulated. I'm surprised its such a huge problem in korea when its supposed to be illegal.
relmneiko 16th-Jun-2012 09:08 am (UTC)
From what I've heard South Korea has a very contradictory attitude towards prostitution... officially it's illegal and immoral and all that, but under the sheets a huge segment of the male population are johns, and it's common for older men to take their younger coworkers out and coerce them into activity with prostitutes during after-hours outings... not to mention the gigantic amount of prostitution going on around American military bases that both the Koreans and the Americans like to ignore. I wish I could remember the name of the documentary I saw a while back... it was about prostitutes around military bases, many of whom marry American soldiers and go to the States (because they feel a Korean guy would never marry them now) only to get abused there too by their new husbands, be socially isolated in general, etc... It's such a tragic mess.

Edited at 2012-06-16 09:08 am (UTC)
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