Here is some shocking news for everyone, the Stars & Stripes has investigated and confirmed that (gasp!) juicy bars are fronts for prostitution!:
It took less than an hour and $40 in glasses of juice for the pretty young woman working at the noisy bar to offer up her cell phone number and a promise that “the pleasures of a Filipina” could be had for the right price.
As eager young American servicemen from nearby Camp Casey started to fill the bar around her, the woman repeatedly touched a patron suggestively and offered a proposition as thinly veiled as she was scantily clad.
Juice, it turns out, is not all that is sold inside many of South Korea’s “juicy bars,” the seedy entertainment establishments that commonly cluster near the gates of U.S. military bases across South Korea.
Prostitution and indentured servitude are everyday realities at many of these popular hangouts for American soldiers, according to past and present bar girls, many of whom were enticed from the Philippines to work in the South Korean bars with false promises that they could earn legitimate incomes as singers and entertainers.
“If you don’t sell a lot of drinks, [the bar owners] are going to push you to go out with a customer to make money,” said Jenny, a former bar girl who asked not to be fully identified. “I was shocked the first night I worked there.”
And it’s all happening right under the noses of U.S. military officials and the South Korean and Philippine governments, women’s advocacy groups assert.
“Three governments are to be blamed for their irresponsibility,” said Yu Young-nim, director of My Sister’s Place, a social service agency that helps Philippine bar girls forced into prostitution in South Korea. “The Philippine government for not working hard to create job opportunities for its poor people, the Korean government for not managing and controlling jobs [given to immigrants] and the U.S. government for neglecting its responsibility to supervise its soldiers and for not helping these victims.”
Officially, none of what often transpires inside the juicy bars is supposed to be happening. [Stars & Stripes]
Read the rest because Stars & Stripes has a whole lot more on this as well as plenty of pictures of juicy girls if you have never seen one before.
For those that don’t know the prostitution in the ville has greatly been cleaned up compared to 7 years ago when Fox News first issued the report on prostitution in the ville. However, that doesn’t mean that prostitution has gone away, it has just been concealed and not out in the open as it once was. Personally the prostitution doesn’t really bother me, it is the human trafficking that does. For all the briefings I have received about human trafficking while stationed in Korea; I continue to wonder if this is such a concern then why doesn’t USFK put off limits any bar that employs third country nationals? That would pretty much end the human trafficking problem for USFK because the juicy bars would have to employ Korean nationals which are much harder to traffic in.
However, I don’t see this happening because of the politics involved around the camps with the business owners making fortunes off the imported women. In my opinion USFK is probably going to keep things as quiet with the business owners as possible to ensure that the USFK transformation plan to consolidate at Camp Humphreys goes off without any more delays, which may be a wise course of action. However, once the relocation is complete USFK should definitely look at changing the ville culture in Korea because both Korea and the US should be embarrassed that such a system that is currently in place in the ville still exists.