Friday, 28 March 2008
The National Police Agency (NPA) said Friday that in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade it will restrict the overseas travel of people convicted for arranging sex tours in other countries.
Police will compile a list of criminals involved in the sex trade to be circulated to embassies in order to prevent them obtaining visas beginning next month. The tough step comes as a growing number of Koreans are go overseas to buy sex, degrading the nation’s image the NPA said.The agency will also launch a campaign to crack down on sex tourists traveling to China and other Asian countries.
It will distribute letters to travel agencies across the country advising that ``sex tourists are subject to domestic criminal laws.’’ Police will also strengthen the monitoring of illegal brokers involved in the overseas sex trade for 70 days from next month. They will also enhance cooperation with their counterparts abroad.
In conjunction with this, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will introduce education programs for overseas tour guides to combat sex tourism.