Despite bad economic times the sex industry in Korea is still finding a way to thrive:
The number of hostess bars, karaoke rooms and clubs has increased during the past few years despite a sluggish economy, according to a parliamentary report released Monday.
The report suggests that the so-called sin industry has flourished while consumers have tightened their belts since the 2008 financial crisis.
The number of stores registered as “amusement and entertainment business,” including room salons (hostess bars), cabarets, karaoke rooms, pubs and Internet cafes, totaled 192,108 as of September, up 6.3 percent from 187,751 two years earlier.
The number of room salons hit an all-time high of 32,790, up 4.8 percent from 2010, while karaokes that are allowed to sell alcoholic beverages increased by 4.3 percent to 18,789 during the same period.
The number of such amusement venues that have been found to have engaged in irregularities more than once during the past two years totaled some 67,000, the report said. [Korea Times]
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