Extra! Korea

August 3, 2009

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the subway …

Filed under: crime, gender equality — extrakorea @ 8:52 am

(cue Jaws background music … )

The Korea Times reports that sexual harassment (such as groping and taking upskirt photos) on the subway has risen 26% since last year, and the Chosun Ilbo says that Line No. 2 is the most notorious subway line for these kinds of sexual offenses. In second and third places were Line Numbers 4 and 1, respectively. I was a little surprised, given that No. 1 has such a bad reputation, at least among expatriates.

Most of the offenders said they did it out of curiosity.

Oh yes, I’m sure. If the police don’t believe that, there are always the “I was drunk” and “My job is very stressful” excuses.

The actual number of cases might be higher than the published data because many women are afraid of reporting the incidents, a police spokeswoman said.

Another officer said, “Regardless of their jobs, more than 60 percent of those who were caught red-handed denied the charges.” Sex crimes are only prosecuted subject to complaint by the victim, “so the problem is that we can’t arrest offenders even if we have evidence unless the victims want to seek punishment for them,” he added.



  1. I’m just waiting for one of these unfortunate women to fight back – kick ’em in the balls and move on.

    And of course they’re going to deny it – the Korean police have yet to show preferential treatment to the victim in almost any crime that makes your wonderful blog. Never had any problems on line 1… All of the lines have subway sellers (who I might laugh at) or ajummas pushing their way around (whom I might push back)…

    Comment by Chris in South Korea — August 3, 2009 @ 11:34 am

  2. […] 3) Sexual harassment on the Seoul subway (such as groping and taking upskirt photos) has risen 26% since last year. […]

    Pingback by Korean Gender Reader: 3 August 2009 « The Grand Narrative — August 3, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

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