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...
luvey 17th-Jun-2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
i won't even get started about massage parlours as a legit massage therapist. the government should just take a nod from nevada, make prostitution legal with all the legal bits - taxes, sales taxes the johns have to pay, sex health continuing education, health department regulations, and licensing fees. with consistent check points, it may be a little more challenging for sex traffickers.

sadly, we live in a society that condemns the practice, condemns the women, but lets it slide in most cases since high powered men tend to be the buyers. if legalized, there is the chance more women would become empowered.
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