about SEX TRAFFICKING IN SOUTH KOREA:

Between 500,000 to 1.2 million girls working in sex trade in South Korea.
Source: Korean Feminist Association

94 million cases of prostitution occurring every year, prostitution is more than a $13B industry in Korea.
Source: Eddie Byun - “Justice Awakening”

Prostitution is illegal in Korea, but the government overlooks companies’ use of their money for sexual entertainment. Korean firms’ usage of corporate credit cards at hostess bars reached over $1B in 2013.
Source: National Tax Service Report Article

An estimated 200,000 youths run away from home each year in Korea and many fall into the sex trade.
Source: Korean Municipal Government Report Article

South Korean teenagers are increasingly exploited in prostitution and more than 80% of the minors in the industry are runaways. 
Source: www.humantrafficking.org

There are an estimated 27 million human trafficking victims around the world.
Source: The State Department Article

As defined by the United Nations (UN), human trafficking involves any act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them.
Source: United Nations

1 out of 2 Korean men have confessed to having bought sex at least once in their lifetime.
Source: Korea Women's Development Institute, 2010

Men aged 30 - 40 were found to be the most common customers. 
Source: Korea Women's Development Institute, 2010

Despite the government crackdown, 45 red-light districts were found to be in operation in 2010, with an estimate of 5,000 women working as prostitutes.
Source: Korea Women's Development Institute, 2010)

Though the Korean Anti-Sex Trafficking law has led to more arrests and crackdowns, it has driven the industry underground, pushing prostitutes to expand beyond red-light districts targeted by police. The current law is limited in prohibiting all forms of sex trafficking.
Source: www.humantrafficking.org

More than 50% of the businesses that claim to be karaoke bars, massage parlors, and bars were found to also serve as brothels.
Source: Korea Women's Development Institute, 2010

In karaoke bars, massage parlors, and bars, ~140,000 women were found to be working as prostitutes. 
Source: Korea Women's Development Institute, 2010

More than 95% of commercial sex exploitation of children in Korea is arranged over the internet.
Source: www.humantrafficking.org