Two men have been arrested for coercing middle school girls to engage in prostitution, police said Sunday.
Nine other men were also booked for having sex with them after paying money, a police station in South Jeolla Province said.
According to police, the girls, who ran away from home months ago, were raped by the two accused and forced to have sex with guests they met through Internet chat rooms.
In Korean from Yonhap here, and currently the most-viewed story on YTN. The Korean articles say the girls were raped in a Gwangju motel.
The most egregious case of forcing middle school students into prostitution---insofar as it's even appropriate to rank cases of forcing middle school students into prostitution---was from two years ago, also out of Gwangju:
Police have arrested three suspects on charges of detaining a middle school girl and forcing her into prostitution with 800 men including a college professor and a doctor. According to police, the suspects held Jeon, a 14-year-old middle school student, against her will in motels in Gwangju, South Jeolla province and forced her to prostitute herself. The suspects are charged with beating Jeon, who pleaded with them to let her go, once every two or three days and burning her hands with cigarettes.
And from another article:
“There was a customer who was a doctor and he saw the bruises on my body, but he still returned 10 times,” the victim was quoted as saying by the police. “Men saw my bruises and wounds, but they did not care. I told them that I was a prisoner, but they just turned away. They were afraid because they were engaged in the sex trade.”
The police said they have obtained 800 phone numbers of men suspected of having sex with the girl. About 40 of them have already been questioned and face charges for having sex with a minor. The police said they will expand the investigation to include all suspected customers.
The police said the victim’s customers ranged from doctors and teachers to students and soldiers.
One of the men questioned is a university professor.
“I did not know she was a minor. Please do not let my university know about this,” the professor was quoted as saying.