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    Nam In-sun, Chair of the National Assembly Committee on Gender Equality and Family

    Photo Credits: Korea Human Rights News


    According to data submitted by the Ministry of Justice for a National Assembly audit of government agencies to Nam In-sun, Chair of the National Assembly Committee on Gender Equality and Family, the number of prostitution-related cases handled by the prosecutors’ office has more than doubled, from 17,918 cases in 2013 to 43,493 cases in 2016. For 2017, a total of 19,248 cases have been handled as of August. 

     

    Confiscation or freeze orders were issued in 2,141 cases in order to prevent prostitution-related criminals, including pimps, from hiding their criminal profits and assets. The number of issuances of such orders doubled from 262 cases in 2013 to 575 cases in 2016. The total amount involved in the confiscation/freeze orders was 124.5 billion won, with an average of 5.8 million won charged per case. The confiscation and freeze orders for prostitution profits are based on the Act on Regulation and Punishment of Criminal Proceeds Concealment, which was designed to reclaim profits made from illegal prostitution activities and curb the demand side.

     

    The number of cases filed against owners of buildings in which brothels are located has surged from 70 in 2014 to 280 in 2015 and 517 in 2016. The Act on the Punishment of Arrangement of Commercial Sex Acts, ETC. defines the provision of capital, land, and/or building space with the awareness of it being used for prostitution to be an act of procuring prostitution and associated acts.

     

    Sources

    1. The personal blog of National Assembly Member Nam In-sun

    2. The Segye Times(November 2, 2017) A total of 124 billion won in prostitution profits confiscated or seized over four years.


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

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