I read today another news article about Korean sex slaves working in massage parlors. I have a different side of the story. No one writes about this different side. It maybe is not good news for reading. But is true. So which is right? Which is the one to read? Here is my side of story.
Korean sex slavery ring from South korea takes women and promises new job in America, offers contract. Woman gets ticket out of South Korea (very hard to get - she cannot get this by herself. The government has no reason to let her leave South Korea and won't until bribed or exporter bribes big lawyer to get her papers). So she is "free" to leave South Korea. She is taken to Mexico and then waits to go to America. Her managers get her a passport to America under someone's name, and she goes to New York. She knows what is happening. She knows she is a fake person. She knows she is taking big risk. She is after money, and freedom (mostly freedom). She is not stupid. She had nothing before, and no choice and no future. Now she has possibility. She will risk everything, and knows this. Most were whores in Korea already. They can never undo that. In Korea, they are whore forever and their children are whore children. They have no future. No options. This way, maybe children can have options for better?
In New York, she has choices. Work in factory - all day for little money, under nasty boss. Work in restaurant. Very dirty work, very hard, little pay, nasty boss. Or if she is pretty, she can try massage work. If she is big whore, she can go direct to whore place. She has to want it. She has to try and learn and work hard. Again, she is not stupid. She knows what she is choosing to do for money and choice. Many women will whore for their keepers and managers to stay out of hard work, too. It is not forced. It is what they chose to do. Are some forced? I would say of course. But i would also say of course many american women are forced, too, to submit to boss or landlord or friend or policeman, too. Those women are not in newspaper, and not saved from slavery.
The newspaper says she owes money and is forced to work. Yes, this is true. She owes money because she agreed to take that risk and she was given her chance. Now should she cheat her deal? The newspaper says her family in South Korea is threatened. Yes, this is true. But they are threatened if she breaks her deal. Why is that not normal? If you owe big money and cheat someone, is your family threatened? Yes it is. Not just prostitutes. I know many women giving sex to landlord for rent. I know many women giving sex to husband for food and house. They are slaves too.
One day only maybe one year or two later, they have earned a lot of money and are free. It is not always like newspaper says. Many girls know they can make two hundred thousand a year and be free and save some. That is lot of money. Even manager knows that is lot of money and girl has right to be free. What will she do next? With just 30 or 40 thousand saved, and free in America, she can do nothing. She needs more. She came here illegal. The lawyer wants five thousand to start immigration papers. She needs one hundred or two hundred thousand to do something better. She has no credit and the America system is very hard. It is cheating everywhere, taking money. It is very easy to lose 200 dollars every day just living in America.
One traffic ticket for American is maybe $90 but to Korean women it can be 300 or 400 dollars each time. She cannot argue. She cannot read the pages of instructions and follow them. She will miss requirements and the fee will double, and double again. How do you learn to drive? Your brother teaches you. The korean woman in America has to pay a teacher. He is many times black and liking Korean women. For me he teached me driving, and tested me, for money, until I was ready. But he taught me some things wrong. I tried test by myself but fail 4 times. I came back to him and he told me no problem. Be girlfriend and he will pass test. After 4 times fail, how easy is that? After pay, after learn and try very hard, still no license. If I pay with body, license right away.
Korean women at motor license agency is told different than you. I see many times. "Come back next week" they say, but for no reason. They just try to make you fail. If you question, and insist, they find some reason to say you are stupid and out of order. If you don't speak up, next week never comes. Don't believe? Ask your massage girl next time, after sex. If its not busy she will be relax, and she will tell you story.
Korean woman is told by landlord price goes up today. If no pay, move tomorrow. Who knows rights? Lawyer is cash up front, and then no work. Everything is expensive. You wonder why Korean massage girl buys Gucci? Because she can, and your wife can't. That is one of only things she can show. Understand?
So korean massage girl is sex slave? No. She is slave, yes, but better sex slave in America than culture slave in Korea. Her choice. Not every one. Yes please help the poor ones who don't choose and have slave owners and no choices. But please don't call me sex slave, or say all massage girls who trade sex for money to pay for freedom are sex slave. Not right.
How can you get 200 thousand? There is no way except illegal or night club or bar, or cheating real estate or cheating lending. But with 200 thousand I can open nail salon or dry cleaner or buy a truck or open farm stand and work very hard. Don't show me korean church people who work hard and make it. They cheat too. They take money from people and lie. Anyone can work hard and make it, but they take chance too. One health problem and everything gone, plus chance gone. The ones who say work hard and make it had family support, and other support, and buildings in Korea they sold as condos. Every time.
Why I write this? It is challenge for my editor (actually, I only edited enough to be readable. I think Missy's writing is charming as transcribed!). I write because story told is one side, not all truth. The system lies and if you ask the girl after you arrest her, she cannot tell truth. Ask her before arrest her, if you can, and you will learn more. But maybe you don't get colorful story for newspaper.
Want colorful story for newspaper? Ask the massage girl about her customers. Your husbands, your wives (yes, they come for attention also), your bosses and your workers. Your police, your lawyers, your everyone. They have colorful stories no one will listen to without shame. They have to feed the family but how? They cheat and lie and feel bad and they steal and feel bad and they need attention and don't get it and they have pain and suffer and no choices. Except to come to me for release. They are hero, but no one admits truth. They can only survive with help, but no one helps. So they come to take break. One hour. Quiet. No name. No responsibility. No worry. Just relax. Massage girl will touch you but not ask question. Make you feel better. Make you feel important. Make you feel special. Give, not take. Like no one else will. For only $80 or $120. It is a bargain no?
Next time give bigger tip, ok?