Doing a little good, having a little fun around the world
Friday, July 10, 2009
Korea has some of the most inconsistent laws when it comes to sexuality.
Students are not allowed to date. If students are caught hugging, the punishment can be somewhat serious. On the other hand, an issue of the Korea Times last week reports:
"In Korea, a person is not guilty of any crime for having sex with a minor aged 13 and over unless it is paid for or forced. Sex with those under the age of 13 is punishable even if it is carried out under mutual consent."
This was part of a story of a 46 year old man and a 16 year old girl. It is just messed up.
Since 2008 the government has been trying to block pornography on the internet. According toWikipedia, "Internet search engines are required to verify age for some keywords deemed inappropriate for minors. For such keywords, age verificatioin using national identity number is required. For foreigners, a copy of passport must be faxed to verify the age...All major Korean search engines including Yahoo Korea have complied with this. Only Google has not gone along with this."
There is no over the air TV in our area and the only cable TV package carries movies with topless women and simulated sex all night and morning when I leave at 7:50. They blur the genetalia, but I think they would probably get an NC-17 rating in the US.
I could care less what the laws are, I just do not get the inconsistency.
After a marginally successful life in the US, Sandy and I sold our house and most of what we owned and started our journey. First Ecuador, then Japan, followed by Cambodia, Thailand, and Nepal. Now we live in Cheongdo, Korea.
We volunteered in most locations, but are now being paid to teach in public schools.
We have no grand plan... we just want to help a few people and enjoy the journey.