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ROK Daily: Seoul Denies Human Trafficking Accusations
Kang Shin-who Staff Reporter : "Seoul Denies Human Trafficking Accusations"
ROK Daily: Seoul Denies Human Trafficking Accusations[Headline as provided by source.]
Seoul officials yesterday challenged the United States' portrayal of Korea as "a frequent destination for trafficked women and children from the former Soviet Union and neighboring Asian nations."
The reaction came out after the U.S. Department of Labor issued a report on the status of human trafficking in the 137 countries it surveyed.
A Labor Ministry official discounted the report as "groundless," saying that there has not been any reports that children from Kyrgyzstan or other countries were trafficked to South Korea.
"We have no data and information that foreign children are sexually exploited here," he added.
A Justice Ministry spokesman denied the accusation, saying it is currently examining them.
"The U.S. report failed to provide exact data and figures, and leaves us with few clues. There is no credible evidence that South Korea is involved in human trafficking," said an official at the ministry's immigration bureau.
"Right now, we are discussing with the Labor Ministry and other government agencies to make an official response to the report," he said.
The report lists Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Kyrgystan and Romania as some of the countries that traffic women and children to South Korea.
Many of the women and children, who end up in developed countries like South Korea, often become sexually enslaved, the report said. However, the survey failed to give any specific figures.
Indonesia traffics children who often become sexually enslaved, said the report, and women and girls as young as 10 years old from Kyrgyzstan are transported for sexual exploitation and end up in countries like South Korea, the report said.
The Kyrgyzstan government has established contacts with South Korea's law-enforcement agencies to ...