Court Rules Punishment of Voluntary Sex Workers Constitutional

The Constitutional Court of Korea has ruled the punishment of voluntary sex workers constitutional.

The court made the ruling in a six-to-three decision today regarding a clause included in the Act on the Punishment of Acts of Arranging Sexual Traffic.

Clause 1 of Article 21 stipulates that “any person who has engaged in the conduct of sexual traffic shall be punished by imprisonment with labor for not more than one year, by a fine not exceeding three million won, by misdemeanor imprisonment, or by a minor fine.”

The court ruled that the purpose of the legislation, which is establishing sexual ethics, is lawful.

It further added that the public interest of sex ethics is no less trivial next to the level of restriction on a person’s fundamental rights.

The decision was the first ruling regarding punishment of sex workers.

Source: Busan eFM News


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