S Korea wants crackdown on Sydney prostitutes
Posted February 06, 2012 22:08:59
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The South Korean government says it has written to a dozen Sydney councils asking for any information they might have about Korean nationals who are involved in prostitution at local brothels.
The letter from South Korea's consul general, Jin Soo Kim, says the government believes the number of Korean nationals involved in the sex industry could be growing and it wants to eliminate human trafficking and sex slavery while protecting the victims.
It has asked councils to supply information on the number of brothels in their areas and urges them to provide details of Korean nationals involved either as victims or offenders, saying a South Korean police attache is ready to support enforcement activities where needed.
A spokesman for the consul general says councils have responded by providing information only on the number of brothels in their areas.
He says his government is concerned about the damage to its public image over the issue of prostitution, which is illegal in South Korea.
South Korea has rejected suggestions any of its nationals working as sex slaves would be punished if they returned home.
But a lawyer with the Anti-Slavery Project at the NSW University of Technology is concerned about the request.
"If a Korean national engages in sex work outside Korea then he or she is still liable for prosecution in Korea," Jennifer Byrne said.