More Koreans Engage in Sex Trade in US

By Park Chung-a Korea TimesStaff Reporter The number of Korean women engaged in prostitution overseas _ both voluntary or forced _ has been steadily increasing after the government’s crackdown on the domestic sex industry in 2004. According to the U.S. State Department on Monday, based on the law for protecting victims of slave trading, the country provided shelter to 230 foreign victims in 2005 and Koreans accounted for the largest

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Korea Spy Agency increases Spying

By Kim Tae-gyu Staff Reporter The National Intelligence Service (NIS), the country’s spy agency, is wiretapping more and more fixed-line phones and tracking the e-mail messages of Koreans.The Ministry of Information and Communication on Tuesday said the NIS traced a total of 8,440 phones or messages last year, up 4.4 percent from 8,082 in 2005. This contrasts to other law enforcement agencies like prosecutors, police and military agencies, which substantially

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Truth About Free Trade

Korea Times column Lex Pro Bono Wednesday Korea TimesSean Hayes Dear Professor Hayes: We are not ready to compete with the U.S. in many areas and the FTA will simply lead to the destruction of many Korean jobs including farming and service sector jobs. Why does it seem so many are pushing for free trade against the interest of the Korean people? Angry Korean in Kwangju. Dear Angry in Kwangju:

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Lesson III: Korean for Korean Law

Lesson III: Korean for Korean LawI. Daily WordsA. Criminal Law: 형법, 형사법B. Prosecutor: 검사C. Judge: 판사D. Indictment: 기소E. Conviction: 유죄의 판결F. Sentence: 판결, 선고G. defendant: 피고H. jail: 교도소I. rape: 성폭행J. murder: 살인K. robbery: 강도죄II. Daily SentencesA. The prosecutor indicted the man for murder. 검사는 그 남자를 살인죄로 기소했다.B. The judge convicted the defendant of rape. 판사는 피고를 성폭행 혐의로 유죄를 선고했다.C. The defendant was sentenced to three years in jail.

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Foreign teacher held on drug charges

March 20, 2007 Joonang Ilbo A 24-year-old Canadian English teacher has been detained on charges of smoking hashish, the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office said yesterday. Four Canadians and one Australian who teach or had taught at private academies in Seoul and Gyeonggi province have also been investigated on the same charge but were not detained, prosecutors said. According to prosecutors, the Canadian man, who teaches English at a private academy

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Right to Publicity Lawsuit in Korea

Stars break new ground in publicity rights case March 20, 2007 Joonang Ilbo Seven South Korean movie stars and their management agency, iHQ, are suing a local movie magazine, Screen, seeking a total of 350 million won ($370,880) in compensation for commercially using the stars’ pictures without their permission, according to the Seoul Central District Court. The movie stars are Jun Ji-hyun, Jung Woo-sung, Kim Sun-a, Zo In-sung, Ji Jin-hee,

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Korea Looks to China and EU for More FTAs

Chosun Ilbo With the free trade agreement (FTA) talks between Korea and the U.S. winding down, the government is now promoting FTA talks with China and the European Union (EU). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) announced Monday that it will hold a conference for joint research among business people, government officials and scholars on an FTA between Korea and China. An official from MOFAT said the joint

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Drug Confession on Blog Leads to Bust by Seoul Police

The Marmot’s Hole has a post on how an office worker who posted on his website that he smoked pot in the Netherlands led to the police arresting the individual. What NOT to post on your blog in Korea A 38-year-old office worker got a rude introduction to the perils of blogging when he posted about his pot-smoking experience in the Netherlands on his blog [Segye Ilbo, Korean].You guessed it—the

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Sidewalk motorcyclists to face stiffer penalties

Sidewalk motorcyclists to face stiffer penalties March 20, 2007 Joongangilbo The National Police Agency announced it will enforce a massive crackdown in May against motorcyclists who ride their bikes on sidewalks and crosswalks. The practice is the source of many complaints by foreign visitors to Korea. According to a recent agency survey of 154,000 motorcyclists at 50 major intersections nationwide, more than nine out of 10 crossed roads on pedestrian

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Frequent Constitutional Revision Undesirable

By Ko Seung-kyun Korea TimesThe current debate over the issue of constitutional revision in regard to the presidential term requires careful scrutiny. South Korea has already experienced eight revisions of its constitution since its inception in 1948. High frequency of constitutional revision can cause an unhealthy political environment and instability as well as confusion. Any attempt at constitutional revision should take into consideration not just the presidential term but also

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Lesson II: Korean for Korean Law

Lesson II: Korean for Korean LawI. Daily WordsA. to Sue someone (verb): 고소하다.B. to be Sued: 고소 당하다.C. Lawsuit (noun): 소송, 고소D. Contract Law: 계약법E. Criminal Law: 형법, 형사법F. Civil Law: 민법, 민사법G. Corporate Law: 회사 법H. Tax Law: 세법I. Intellectual Property: 지적 소유권 (재산권)J. Constitutional Law: 헌법II. Daily SentencesA. I am being sued for breach of contract. 나는 계약위반으로 고소 당했다.B. I was sued for violation of the company’s

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76 Percent of Apartment Owners to Pay More Tax

Chosun Ilbo A Lesson in Survival From the Finance Minister The real estate tax burden this year will rise for 7.38 million households or 76 percent of the 9.7 million apartments, condominiums and villa complexes across the country. The 9.7 million will pay W85,000 (US$1=W945) in combined property tax per household on average this year, up about 12 percent (W9,000) from last year, the Ministry of Government Administration and Home

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President Roh Takes Aim at Prosecutors

By Ryu Jin Korea Times President Roh Moo-hyun fought prosecutors in his early days in office. A born controversialist, he volunteered to debate with young prosecutors on TV in 2003, though the goodwill event turned into a raw war of words. Four years later, now in his final year, he seems to have taken up arms against the prosecution once more as he believes the country’s powerful investigative body needs

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Suspected Kidnapper Nabbed

By Kim Rahn Korea Times The police Friday arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of orchestrating last month’s kidnapping of a golf course owner. The suspect, Chong Song-il, is the son of Chong In-suk, a woman who was believed to be the mistress of a high-ranking official in the 1960s and who died mysteriously. Incheon International Airport Police arrested Chong near his house in southern Seoul early yesterday morning, 18

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Koreans Likely to Enjoy US Visa Waiver Program

South Koreans may be able to travel to America without a visa if a Sept. 11 reform bill becomes law in the United States. The chances of Korea entering the U.S. visa waiver program has increased after the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill Tuesday. “If the bill becomes law, there would be a higher possibility that South Koreans could travel to the U.S. freely without a visa,’’ an immigration

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Scholars Urge Korea to Upgrade System for US FTA

By Yoon Won-sup and Kim Sue-youngStaff Reporters Korea Times Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong, right, and Kim Jong-hoon, chief South Korean negotiator for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States, look pensive during a National Assembly session, Wednesday. /Yonhap Economic and political experts said that a free trade agreement (FTA) between South Korea and the United States, once concluded, will bring great opportunities for South Korea to enter the

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Illegal Migrant Workers to Get Help Receiving Pay

Korea Times Kang Shin-who The Ministry of Labor plans to help migrant workers who have overstayed their visas due to delayed salaries. The ministry Tuesday announced that it will visit immigrant detention centers and help those who have had difficulties in getting their salaries from companies they worked for. The ministry said it will provide legal counselors to help retrieve the money in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice. If

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Investigation of Homicides in Korea

Tiny clues shed light on brutal homicides March 13, 2007 Joongang Ilbo A breakthrough in a murder case can come from a tiny piece of evidence. It can be a miniscule blood stain or a fingerprint on a discarded bottle, but solid evidence is hard to come by. To find the vital piece may require the search of a thousand homes and several weeks of sleepless nights. But without decisive

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Rape Sentences Egregiously Low

This column appears in the Korea Times every Wednesday. Rape Sentences Egregiously Low Dear Professor Sean Hayes: I was very surprised when the American soldier convicted of raping a 67 year old woman only received 4 years in jail. I know in my home, Vancouver, anyone convicted of rape will receive a substantially higher sentence. Did the convicted receive a short sentence because of the influence of the United States

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