KoreaBANG put a heartbreaking news report up about a month ago. I wrote about it then, but never got around to posting it. The report was titled Horrifying Murder of Gimhae Teen Leaves Koreans in Shock – koreaBANG.
I’ll try spare you the goriest of the details–they’re very gory, but some of them are necessary to include, to talk about the case–but the basic story is that a teenaged girl was essentially abducted, forced into sex slavery, then returned to her father, then abducted again, brutally tortured to death, and then her corpse was burned and concealed beneath concrete by her killers so her family was left wondering what had happened to her.
I can’t speak to general coverage of the case, but in terms of the one article available in translation at the link, something caught my eye… something missing:
Going back to this past March 15th, Yoon had recently started her first year of high school. Following Kim, she left home and went with him to Busan. They stayed together in an inn there. Kim and the others uploaded information about Yoon to look for a man for her to meet, and pressured Yoon into sex work. This sex work is how they made money for living expenses.
On March 29th, when Kim and the others found out that Yoon’s father reported her disappearance, she was sent back home to set her father’s mind at ease. They made her promise “not to tell anyone about being forced into sex work.” However, fearing she would tell someone, the next day on the 30th, they found her at her church, made her get into a car, and took her to an Ulsan motel.
Earlier in the article, it’s mentioned that Kim is 25, while the victim was 15.
Now, think about that for a second:
25 year old man successfully checks into multiple hotels in multiple cities with a 15 year old girl (who obviously isn’t his daughter). And nobody checks into it at any of the hotels.
On top of that, it’s highly likely that all of the men who paid for sex with that 15 year old girl were also checking into hotel rooms with her, or perhaps visiting rooms in which she was being kept prisoner. And note also that this girl was experiencing varying degrees of torture, battery, and violence along the way. Bruised, traumatized, and terrified, she was checked into and out of hotel rooms even while in obvious need of serious, immediate medical attention. The one chance she got to seek help, she went online, instead of going straight to the clerk and begging for a call to the police or hospital. By the time she was actually murdered (in a car parked in a parking lot outside a “motel”), her body was already covered in severe burns, and she’d been beaten severely… and not a single soul in any of the hotels had lifted a finger to intervene.
And somehow, this mind-boggling fact apparently isn’t even noteworthy. Continue reading