The first draft for the revision of the Anti-Prostitution Act has been drawn up.
The Korea Institute for Women's Development held a public hearing on July 5 and changed the name of the proposed law to 'Laws on the Prevention of Prostitution and Its Mediation.' A newly introduced clause makes it possible for mediators - those found guilty of exploiting prostitutes - to be punished more severely. In these cases, the court can pass a heavy sentence as well as impose a heavy fine or confiscate property.
On one hand, those who advocate licensed prostitution opposed the prohibitive clauses, claiming that "allowing prostitution in a limited area under state control is a realistic way of protecting the human rights of prostitutes and preventing the spread of prostitution."
On the other hand, on-site groups supporting and caring for prostitutes say that "rehabilitation is just another way of branding these women as criminals." They claim, "Punishment of both parties should be abolished, and a more natural program should be launched to help women break away from prostitution and return to society."