On December 3rd, Seoul police announced the arrest of a man for coercing three middle school age girls who had run away from home to sell their bodies. The man, known only by his last name of Song, kept the three girls in his home and collected the money from the johns. Records in his home indicated that the girls performed 3790 separate sexual acts during a 16-month period.
Netizens were disgusted by the crime, with many going so far as to say that he is even worse than Japanese soldiers who used Korean women as sex slaves in the colonial period.
Article From Munhwa Ilbo:
Man arrested after forcing three runaway middle school girls to perform 3790 separate sex acts over a period of 16 months. Girls were lured into home with promise of shelter.
A man in his forties was apprehended after he coerced three runaway middle school girls to sell sex a staggering 3790 times for money.
According to a December 3rd statement from the Seoul Metropolitan Police, the 41-year-old man, last name Song, was arrested on November 26 on charges of having arranged prostituted the three middle school students. Starting in May of this year, Seoul Police began a crackdown on the teenage sex trade in collaboration with Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF).
Song had made a living by selling knockoff items on the street, unable to find a steady job, until he coaxed a 14-year-girl, last name Yoon, whom he got to know at an online chat site into his home by saying he was willing to provide shelter for her. His home is located in Beon-dong, Gangbuk district, northern Seoul.
After luring the first girl to his home in June of 2011, Song lured 16-year-old Lee and 14-year-old Yoo, then brought the three girls with him to nearby motels to force them into selling their bodies.
To solicit clients, Song approached men at chatting sites and pretended that he was a woman.
The book records that were confiscated at the scene when the police arrested Song show that he had arranged a total of 3790 sexual transactions during the 16-month period between August 2011 and November 2013.
To put it another way, each girl was forced to go to bed an average of two to four times a day, up to six times per day.
The police said the girls received ￦120,000 for each act, but Song extracted most of the money.
Initially, he said to the girls that they would get half the money from their work, but was found to have not given the promised money, fining them ￦500,000 whenever the girls refused to have sex, or claiming he would pay them a lump sum later.
Song was discovered to have spent most of the ￦450 million he took from the girls on dining and entertaining himself.
A police official said, “The three girls were not held in captivity so they could have reported the situation to the police if they wanted, but they had no place to go and were waiting for Song to pay them. That’s why the girls were hesitant to break away from Song.”
The forced sex trade was brought to light after Yoon complained about her physical and psychological pains in an online counseling center for teens.
After receiving a tip from the counseling agency, the police, in concert with youth protection and human rights teams under the MOGEF, swooped in on Song’s home and arrested him on November 26th and indicted him three days later.
Song is has a long criminal history, nine counts in total, including violation of trademark law and child abuse.
The Ministry of Women and Family is planning on providing the three girls with psychological counselling and rehabilitation programs.
Comments from Daum:
3790 times… then we have to catch the 3790 men who slept with those girls and bring them to justice.
The man is a son of bitch. He should be hanged to death or burned him at stake. He is even uglier than the jjokbari who conscripted and sexually exploited Korean women during colonial times.
Peel his skin off. He is evil incarnate.
I think the court should sentence him to 3,790 years in prison.
That man is worse than the colonial Japanese army sexually assaulting Korean comfort women.
I don’t know how to best kill him in a way that would equal his crimes…
Disclose his identity, execute him. Please execute of him.
3790 times? That’s more than any wife would ever do it with her husband during her whole lifetime, what a son of bitch!
I think that bastard is a problem, but I have no idea what the three girls were thinking when they didn’t report him to the police.
We need to throw the book at sexual criminals who prey on minors. The minmium punishment should be lifelong imprisonment or the death penalty.
I think parents who make their young children run away from home should be also subject to punishment.