As of Monday, 2,050 cases had been reported, according to the ministry. A total of 131.741 million won was paid to 156 people who had reported 311 confirmed cases.
Of the 311 cases, there were 219 institutes operating without proper registration, 49 unregistered tutors and 38 institutes caught charging excessive fees.
and it is and has been illegal to work at English camps without the permission of your employer and without having it added to your Alien Registration Card, or without having a visa for teaching camps. Some teachers got pinched last week; some posts from bourquetheman:
A camp that is on the same campus but is operated by a different outfit got 3 teachers busted on Friday. They were literally taken away like prisoners, no time to get luggage, nothing. Put in the immigration van and taken away. At immigration they were strip searched (I kid you not) once given their phonecall they were put in prison clothing and taken to a detention center, (again I kid you not). Are they guilty? Sure, but this seems a bit extreme to me. The company supposedly has to pay a 20 million won fine for each teacher, no idea how much the teachers themselves wil have to pay.
It also makes me wonder why people take the chances at camps like this. Of the 6 camps I've done I think over 3 or 4 of them have had immigration come and check. The real kicker is that our director asked why (politely of course as all our paperwork was in order) immigration had come to visit. They said they had received a phonecall. Everyone is betting money that it was from one of the 2 teachers fired during the 1st week of the camp. Again it was the other group but we saw them each night so we heard all the crap going down at theirs. The company was foolish to hire people who didn't have the proper visa and the teachers were also to blame for agreeing to teach.
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Update is that the one on a student visa got out with a million won fine being paid by the director and is allowed to stay in country and continue studying. Get this, the camp wants him to finish the week teaching cause they paid his fine, can you believe this?
The other teacher who was on an expired e-2 has the bank account frozen (2 years of wages legally earned on an e-2) and being shipped out to a Japan ticket that had already been purchased. Wow....no collecting clothes or anything, shipped straight from the detention center.
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I agree the schools should be hit hard too. Last week when this went down we heard the company was getting fined 20 million won each teacher. I said to myself there's no way that will be the end amount they will pay, and sure enough they only had to pay a million won fine for one of the teachers on a student visa, and then had the audacity to ask that teacher to come back and finish the week since they paid the fine, can you believe that? Plus and here is the kicker, they replaced the teachers that were caught with (yup you guessed it) illegals again, can you believe that? I mean once was bad enough but to pull this crap again? They got them (the new illegals) to sign two contracts, one saying they are "volunteering" at the camp, and the second one being the real one.
Hat tip to reader. News of a bust at an English camp, presumably the same one, made the Korean news last week, and the article says that one American on a different teaching visa and two other foreigners on student visas were apprehended at a camp at a university in Anseong.