Comfort Women Issue
Historical Facts
US Report Comfort Women Sep/1944
(Full Translation: US Report)
Recruting Ads For Comfort Women
Photos of Comfort Women

Behind the Scenes of This Issue
Ex-Comfort Women's Testimonies
Professor Yoshimi
Asahi Shimbun Newspaper
New York Times in Tokyo

Vides on Youtube
The Truth of Comfort Women


Korean Prostitution Business

Korean prostitution business estimates 4% of GDP. About 1million people are in this field of business in Korea. Prostitution is a traditional big business in Korean history.


Prostitutes demonstrate against new law

Prostitutes chant slogans during a 2004 demonstration against a crackdown on South Korea's sex industry. ***a


The sex industry accounts for 4 % of Korea's GDP

In South Korea the sex industry accounts for 4 percent of the country's gross domestic product. The South Korean government passed an anti-sex trafficking law in 2004 that for the first time made it illegal to buy or sell women. During their trip to South Korea, Chronicle reporter Meredith May and staff photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice found that while the public sex industry has slowed, parts of the business has gone underground and is still alive and well.

San Francisco Is A Major Center For International Crime Networks That Smuggle And Enslave ***c


Korea export of prostitutes abroad increasing

U.S. Busts Tell Sorry Tale of Korean Prostitutes Abroad

The number of Korean women looking for work as prostitutes abroad or being trafficked for the purpose is on the increase. Some 50 members of two gangs busted in California on Friday on charges of selling hundreds of Korean women to places of prostitution are just the tip of the iceberg.

Destinations for Korean sex workers are no longer limited to developed nations like the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan. Korean police say the number of women working in bars, karaoke clubs and massage parlors in countries frequented by growing numbers of Korean tourists like Thailand, Vietnam, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan is increasing. Meanwhile in North America the realm of activity of Korean sex workers is spreading from major urban centers like Washington DC, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto to smaller cities and towns.

In February, it emerged that an organization sold 38 women to brothels in Australia, New Zealand and Canada in conditions of virtual bonded labor. Police say the organization would advance the women millions of won they had to pay back at 60 percent interest and forced them to pay medical expenses for diseases contracted on the job. The women had to sign up to a gcode of conducth that fined them US$300 for arguing with customers and US$50 for showing up a minute late to work. ***b


More arrests of Korean massage parlers in the US

Massage Parlor Busts in Califorina

When hundreds of federal and state agents descended on massage parlors in San Francisco earlier this month, declaring some women sex slaves, another story was obscured by this moral panic: This rescue operation was not necessarily in the best interests of these women.

The complex story behind the headlines is about migrant workers who have made various deals in exchange for jobs and transportation to the United States. Some of the workers may be relatively satisfied with these arrangements, even though they are vulnerable and can be exploited. ***d

Links to Reports About California Massage Parlor Arrests:
July 1, 2005 - SF massage parlors raided as part of smuggling probe-SF Chronicle
July 1, 2005 - Massage Parlor Raids Net 29 Arrests For Sex Trafficking
July 2, 2005 - Alleged sex-trade ring broken up in Bay Area Police say Koreans in massage parlors were smuggled in
July 2, 2005 - Raids on Brothel Rings Net 45 Arrests ("No firm evidencewomen were coerced into working as prostitutes")
July 3, 2005 - Officials ask if sex trade forced on South Koreans -Women allegedly not told they'd be prostitutes in U.S.
July 4, 2005 - Korean Prostitution Ring in California Shames the Korean Community
July 13, 2005 - SAN FRANCISCO Deportation sought in brothel probe
July 13, 2005 - San Francisco Human Trafficking Trial Postponed


Some more arrests of Korean Prostitutes in the East Coast

31 Arrested in Reputed Korean Sex-Slave Trafficking Along East Coast
Thursday, August 17, 2006; Page B08

Federal agents broke up a sex-slave trafficking ring along the East Coast that coerced Korean women into working as prostitutes in massage parlors and spas, some in upscale Washington neighborhoods such as Cleveland Park and Glover Park, authorities announced yesterday. ***c

Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI arrested 31 people Tuesday, including 19 in New York and four in the District. They also raided 18 businesses, including one in Baltimore and five in Washington, three of them downtown.


Some more arrests of Korean Prostitutes

28 Arrested in Massage Parlor Raid on L.I.
AP Published: September 10, 1989

LEAD: Raids on eight massage parlors led to the arrests of 28 women who allegedly took part in a Korean prostitution ring, the Suffolk County Police said today.

Raids on eight massage parlors led to the arrests of 28 women who allegedly took part in a Korean prostitution ring, the Suffolk County Police said today.


Some more arrests of Korean Prostitutes

Alleged sex-trade ring broken up in Bay Area, Police say Koreans in massage parlors were smuggled in Jaxon Van Derbeken
Saturday, July 2, 2005

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A force of 400 federal and local law officers raided 11 suspected brothels and arrested 27 suspects in what was described as a major Bay Area sex trafficking operation that preyed on Korean women brought into the country illegally, authorities said Friday.

In a series of searches begun Thursday, investigators said they found more than 100 women working as prostitutes at 10 San Francisco massage parlors and one in Emeryville.

At the same time in Southern California, local and federal agents conducted a similar operation that resulted in 18 arrests of people believed to be involved in smuggling hundreds of South Korean women into the United States to work as prostitutes. Agents there also took 46 women into custody when they were found working in suspected brothels in Santa Monica, the Koreatown area of Los Angeles and Redondo Beach.


Some news reports of Korean Sex Industry

Sex Clubs Thrive Despite Clampdown

Since the passing of a strengthened anti-prostitution law in 2004 _ which officially ended the countryfs traditional tolerance of sex buyers _ the number of red light districts has gone south. However, it is becoming apparent that shutting down brothels isnft enough, with the still-strong demand for commercial sex spawning a massive underground industry of massage parlors, girlie bars, hotels and Internet sites that provide easier access to sex for sale.

Last week, police in southern Seoul arrested the two owners of three massage parlors in Nonhyun-dong and Yoksam-dong for hiring prostitutes. They booked another 170 people, including 120 people who bought sex from the shops more than 10 times. The customer list of the three massage parlors extends to over 200,000 people, police said, with each shop roughly averaging 2,000 to 5,000 customers per month.


News reports about Korean sex industry aimed to the US millitary

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The reality is the bars are utterly dependent on their American patrons. Of the 41 major U.S. military camps in Korea, the 12 biggest are served by nearby "camptowns," where bar owners licensed by the Korean government sell tax-free alcohol to G.I.s. (Korean civilians are not allowed in the bars.) Some 2 million customers visited the camptowns in 2000, the last year for which figures are available, according to Korea's Culture and Tourism Ministry. Troops at all the military installations in Korea are briefed on the consequences of engaging in illegal activities, including the one-year jail term that paying for sex can bring under U.S. military law. There are no briefings on the issue of trafficking, Taylor says: "It is probably something we will start to brief them on."


News reports about Korean sex industry aimed to the US millitary

Does U.S. abet Korean sex trade?
The Pentagon wants to know if military patrols stood by when troops socialized with women coerced into prostitution.

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is investigating whether U.S. military patrols in South Korea have provided security for servicemen visiting bars and clubs staffed by women forced into prostitution.

The investigation centers on South Korea's so-called camp towns, commercial districts that spring up around U.S. military bases and cater to servicemen. Offering the promise of legitimate work, entrepreneurs there have allegedly lured women from Russia and the Philippines, taken their passports, and pressured or coerced them into prostitution.

Some observers say the servicemen play a key role in encouraging the trafficking of women to South Korea. "They are the demand and the women are the supply," said Katharine Moon, a political scientist at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and the author of a book about U.S. military members and South Korean prostitution.


Korean government tried to stop casual buying of prostitutes

S Koreans offered cash for no sex

Male workers who vow to stay away from prostitutes after year-end celebrations in South Korea are to be rewarded.

The Ministry for Gender Equality is offering cash to companies whose male employees pledge not to pay for sex after office parties.

Men are being urged to register on the ministry's website. The companies with most pledges will receive a reward.

Officials say they want to put an end to a culture in which men get drunk at parties and go on to buy sex.

But some critics have described the move as a waste of money.

Despite new anti-prostitution laws passed in 2004, the practice is said to be widespread in South Korea, with some estimates suggesting more than one million people work in the sex industry. ***e


***a--Korean prostitutes want to do prostituion, they are not forced to do prositituion but willing to do it.

***b--Korean news report describe as more willingness to do prostitution.
***c--But American media report them as more like victims.
***e--Are these one million people forced by somebody to do prostitution?

Which is correct?

Reading between the lines, I guess maybe those arrested prostitutes say they are victims of human trafficking because they were arrested and need to justify their illegal act in front of the police officer. But they are mostly happy with what they are doing until being arrested. ***d

They look like they are willing to do it no matter it is legal or illegal.

Korea is a rich country in world standard, no poverty, there are plenty of job oppotunities.

However they still want to do prostitution for money and going abroad for sex business.