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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Red Light Districts of Korea (NSFW!), Part IV: Yongjugol, Paju, Gyeonggi Province - Sex and the Border.

 





Yongjugol is a red-light district, located in Yeonpung-ri, Paju-eup, Paju City, Gyeonggi Province. Yongjugol began as a village that came into being during the Korean War to service members of the United States Army stationed at a nearby military camp whose spending was the sole source of revenue for the village.

The military camp, Camp Ross, was just south of Yongjugol and separated the village from Seoul. Once the post-war repatriation of prisoners concluded and until 1955, the 24th Military Police Company (seemingly the divisional MP company of the 24th Infantry Division) worked with other United Nations Command military police in Yongjugol to keep law and order in the area. 

In 1966, a museum dedicated to the 2nd Infantry Division was opened near Yongjugol, having been relocated there from Fort Benning, Georgia, but the museum was moved to Camp Casey five years later. In 1980, American soldier Freddie Grant attacked another American soldier with a straight razor outside a Yongjugol nightclub and was subsequently imprisoned in the United States Disciplinary Barracks.

Although it is illegal to engage in prostitution in South Korea, women continue to be prostituted in Yongjugol through massage parlors, karaoke bars, and kissing rooms. In 2006, South Korea's Minister of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF/여성가족부/女性家族部/YeoseongGajok-bu), Jang Ha-jin (장하진/張夏眞), called Yongjugol "the heart of prostitution" in Korea. A popular X-rated manhwa called Yongjugol Blues (용주골 블루스) who created by Kim Sung-mo (김성모) glamorizes the prostitution in the area.

Kim Sung-mo, the creator of Yongjugol Blues in Gangsta Mode.




Heo Gyeong-hwan: What the FUCK!?



Kim Dong-hyun: Never Mind... I think... this is bloody GOOD!