Sex Offenders' Names Posted On Website
Public servants, security guards, cooks and students were
among 169 South Korean sex offenders whose names were
posted on the Internet today as part of a campaign to curb
rising sex crimes against minors.
The highly unusual measure in South Korea’s conservative society
caused so many people to visit the Government website that an
Internet traffic jam was reported.
With nearly half of its 46 million people surfing the Internet, South
Korea sees the Web as a potent tool to humiliate offenders and
deter more crimes.
The Government’s Commission on Youth Protection will keep
posted the names, ages, occupations and details of crime of
the convicted rapists and child molesters on its website for six months.
The data will also be on the bulletin boards of central and
provincial Governments for one month.
While women’s groups have hailed the new plan, advocates of
criminal rights have criticised the Government for punishing the convicts twice.
‘‘I am all for the plan. It’s really shocking to see that public servants
who should know better were caught having sex with children young
enough to be their daughters,’’ said Yim Jung-man, a 34-year-old
housewife, after seeing the list.
Facing criticism that it was violating criminals’ rights, the
Government decided against releasing photos and home
addresses of the offenders. Instead, it only listed the
neighbourhoods where they live.
‘‘I think the Government should release their photographs as
well because so many Koreans have the same names and
there could be innocent victims of this list,’’ said Sohn
Yong-wook, a government official.
Kim So-yeon, an office worker, said that she was against
releasing the photos because ‘‘it will kill these people twice’’.
Among the sex offenders, 65 were convicted of rape
and attempted rape, 61 of sexual harassment, 27 of
buying sex from minors and 16 of brokering youth
prostitution. Among the 169 convicts, 23 were held
in prison and six were women.
A person convicted of raping a teenage girl faces
between five and 15 years in prison.
Those convicted of buying sex from a minor face
up to three years in jail. Minors are people under
the age of 19.
Breaking News.com (30-8-2001)