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South Korean sex workers rally

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 01:27

Sept 22 - South Korean prostitutes and pimps stage a protest in the capital Seoul to denounce laws making prostitution illegal. Travis Brecher reports.

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Some 2,000 sex workers take to the streets of Seoul - rallying to denounce laws that make prostitution illegal. This crowd - made up mostly of prostitutes and pimps - chants slogans, demanding the South Korean government withdraw the rules. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 30-YEAR-OLD SOUTH KOREAN PROSTITUTE, JANG JOO-EUN, SAYING: "It's been seven years since the anti-prostitution laws were enforced, but there has been no effectiveness of the laws. Due to the laws, more than 200,000 men have gained criminal records. Also so many sex workers have become ex-cons." Many sex workers insist the laws have done nothing to abolish the trade. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 56-YEAR-OLD PIMP, HONG SEONG-RYEOL, SAYING: "After the anti-prostitution laws were enforced, prostitution has been taking place secretly. I think the laws should be revised." In 2004, the government passed anti-prostitution laws, making the industry illegal. South Korea's usually bustling brothel districts fell silent that year when police began enforcing the laws, but in many parts of the capital the trade continues all but unhindered. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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South Korean sex workers rally

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 01:27