Extra! Korea

December 29, 2009

Police hope minors will use computer program to report pedophiles

Filed under: crime, youth — extrakorea @ 7:01 am

The Chosun Ilbo and JoongAng Daily bring us news of the latest gadget in the struggle to stamp out “wonjo kyoje” (원조교제), so-called “compensated dating” in which men pay schoolgirls for sex. We found out this past July that solicitation for such will become a punishable offense, even if no sex takes place.

If teenagers are solicited online, they can make a report via a new computer program called “Youth Keeper.” Under new laws designed to protect minors, which are to come into effect in January, anyone found guilty faces punishments of up to one year in prison or fines of up to ten million won (a thousand won is a little less than an American dollar).

Payment can be defined in a number of ways, from cash to presents such as a place to live.

“We found that more than 90 percent of purchased sex [with minors] took place via Internet chatting or on cyber dating sites. We expect the number of related cases to be greatly reduced following the measure,” said a Health Ministry spokesman.

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It can be downloaded from the websites of various government agencies including the Health Ministry (www.mw.go.kr), the National Police Agency, the Education Ministry, and the Ministry of Gender Equality. Those reporting a case should keep in mind that they may be called in by the police if necessary and that false reports are punishable.

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Users launch the youth protection program and click the “report” icon to report potential crimes.

A screen shot is saved as an image file that can become evidence.

Final reporting is made to the National Police Agency after the user types his or her name and date of birth.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The police should do as is done in other countries, and pose as minors online in sting operations.


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