By Katharine Moon
This research examines and illuminates how the lives of Korean prostitutes within the Seventies served because the invisible underpinnings to US-Korean army guidelines on the maximum point.
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In terms of interactions with the locals, including women. " He added that some officers would tell their men that prostitution is a way of life for Asians and that Asians like prostitution. 100 Former servicemen who had served in the Philippines stated on ABC's Prime Time (May 13, 1993) that military officers had"enthusiastically promoted" prostitution in the Philippines and that some had their own clubs and owned women. Indeed, prostitution is an everyday experience, part of the routine, for the thousands of American servicemen in Korea.
Historical records of this period are filled with cases of men, including high officials as well as commoners, who received severe punishments for not obeying the law. 121 Furthermore, women who sacrificed their chastity and lives for the good of the country have been extolled in Korean popular memory. For example, the story of Non'gae has been taught in Korean schools and celebrated as an example of Korean women's personal contributions to Korea's historical fight against Japanese domination. According to the legend, Non'gae, the concubine of General Choe Kyonghoe, governor of Chinju in the late 1500s, seduced a Japanese commander, Rokusuke Kedanimura, during the Japanese invasion of Korea and siege of Chinju in 1592, in order to kill him.
Asian societies have borne the burden of the painful repercussions of militarized prostitution, but the American society has not gone untouched. Many of the prostitutes who end up divorced from their GI husbands (an estimated 80% of Korean-GI marriages end up in divorce) 92 go back into prostitution around military camp areas in the United States. S. ser vicemen have been paid by flesh traffickers to marry women in Korea and bring them to the United States for work in massage parlors and brothels.