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    In a claim for compensation filed against the state by the surviving family of a prostituted woman who fell to her death following a police sting, the Supreme Court acknowledged partial responsibility for the woman’s death.

     

    In November 2014, law enforcement officers in Gyeongsangnam-do Province used a phone number collected from a prostitution flier to call a prostitute to a motel. When she arrived, the officers announced themselves as police and requested that she accompany them to the station. She asked for some time alone, and it resulted in her death as she escaped through the 6th floor window when the officers left the room.

     

    Last September, a trial court acknowledged the state’s partial responsibility for the death. The appellate court stated in its ruling that law enforcement officers must abide by ‘the Police Rules for the Protection of Human Rights’ as set out by the National Police Agency, and female officers should be involved in raids against prostitution cases to accommodate the unique features of prostitution. This ruling calls for a police response to prostitution cases that ensures due process to uphold women’s human rights.

     

    The trial and appellate courts ruled that the state should provide five million won in compensation to the family of the deceased. It considered the fact that the entrapment was not unlawful since it is not believed to have involved any wrongful deception, but only male officers were involved in the raid and they failed to take the safety measures required to protect the victim during the fatal incident. The Supreme Court confirmed the original ruling.

     

    While welcoming this ruling as a meaningful step forward for prostituted victims, the National Coalition to Eradicate Prostitution pointed out that the fundamental cause of prostitution lies in the prostitution rings that make huge profits from sexual exploitation, as well as with sex buyers. “It is necessary to have guidelines in place that protect the human rights of women during police raids. Also, the police approach should be shifted to address the demand side by targeting brokers, brothels, and buyers,” stated the organization.

     

    Sources:

    1. Supreme Court orders the state to pay five million won in compensation to the family of a prostitute who died in

    police raid, The Financial News, July 4, 2017.

    2. Supreme Court rules partial state responsibility in the death of a prostitute who attempted to avoid police sting,

    The Munhwa Ilbo, July 4, 2017.

    3. Supreme Court admits partial state responsibility for the death of a prostitute in police raid, The Women’s News,

    July 3, 2017.

    4. The Supreme Court admits partial state responsibility for the death of a prostitute in police raid, The Chosun

    Ilbo, July 4, 2017.


    Note: The article which is written in Korea is attached as a separate file in this posting (see attached)

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