written by gkim
It is absurd that Korean sex trafficking rings in America operate so smoothly and don’t have to do it very discreetly. Why aren’t traffickers apprehended more often? There is an abundance of sex businesses such as room salons, brothels, and massage parlors all over Korea as well as in America where Koreans reside.
In Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, and all the cities where Koreatowns exist in America, these types of businesses may look low-key during the day, but they thrive at nighttime with huge signs and shady entry ways.
The point being–these businesses are extremely visible and aren’t tucked away at all in America where laws exist but aren’t being enforced properly. As a gyopo, I feel like we are either oblivious to our surroundings, are frolicking in the sex industry, merely criticizing, or simply just looking the other way while passing by these establishments daily in America and in Korea. So, despite the often extreme competitiveness and at times pretentious attitudes amongst each other in the Korean communities, some of us manage to stay loyal to our fellow Koreans in a totally misconstrued way–by turning a blind eye, rejecting reality, downplaying the enormity of the issues, and helping these businesses stay open. We desperately need change within the Korean community beginning with the source of sex trafficking into the States, and this source is Korea. The U.S. State Department’s annual report on human trafficking points to Korean men as being one of the main clients of child prostitutes in Asia, and states that the Korean government has yet to crack down on offenders or attempt to enforce stricter policies. Since Koreans are accustomed to frequenting these places and using prostitutes so often, habitually, they seek these types of establishments outside of Korea as well. Just like any other successful business, the seller and buyer relationship is built and maintained carefully in the sex trafficking ring as it starts in Korea and exports its workers, systems, and processes into America.
Thankfully, God is constantly guiding those few who are fighting against this injustice, and one day, I truly believe that sex trafficking will have no place in the world to thrive in. We need more people to speak up and make a difference, more people to fight for change, and more people to wake up and see what is happening in this world.