We are trying to help prostitutes,
former prostitutes and women who are living with US soldiers
to find new hope and self-respect and a new sense of life,
by spreading and living the gospel through charity and
All red light districts attached to U.S Military bases are
becoming international, supporting prostitutes from countries
such as the Phillippines, Thailand, Russia and other countries
as well as women from Korea. This is a big change from the
past when vitually all the prostitutes were Korean. The U.S.
military now has an increasing number of families and women
among its personnel and they are actively discouraging soldiers
from seeking out prostitutes. This has made the prostitute "business" very
competitive. Korean women resent the "internationals" for "encoaching
on their territory"
In the past many prostitutes gave birth to children
in the hopes that the father would marry them and take them
to the U.S. Recently the feelings of the prostitutes have
changed. They no longer wish to have children and their power
to prevent and curtail pregnancy has increased. Also, in
recent years, subsidised government daycare and kindergarten
programs have become more widely available, so the need for
daycare and afterschool programs for the children of prostitutes
Even more recently, due to the IMF crisis and
the strain on family budgets, more and more desperate women
are turning to prostitution to earn money. the average age
of prostitutes is becoming younger and younger. And prostitution
is spreading beyond the known "red light" districts
as legitimate businesses such a massage palours and hostess
bars become involved in the sex trade.
In the neighborhood of My Sister's Place, there are 30 to
40 Korean prostitutes and 40 Filipino prostitutes "employed" by
10 clubs. 80% of these women abuse alcohol and other drugs.
There are also 40 to 50 older, "retired" prostitutes
between the ages of 40 to 70, who have poor health, poor
relationship and work skills and no supportive family structure.
Until they become 65, no government assistance is available
to them. 90% have a history of alcohol and drug use.