After the horrific scandal of Open World Entertainment’s CEO, Jang Seok Woo, who had sexually assaulted 11 trainee girls, the Korean government has made a move to prevent such conduct from occurring in the future. The Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Tourism has stated their goal clearly and openly, “The government will kick out CEOs and staff members who disgrace the entertainment community with shameless crimes.”
The ministry will also seek to pass legislation to prevent sexual assault and other crimes along those lines in the entertainment industry. The Director-General of Cultural Content Industry Office, Kim Gap-Su stated, “There is no system that protects trainees at an agency or star-wannabes from swindlers or brutal owners who ask for sex… Of course, ‘hallyu’, or Korean wave, contributed to boosting the national brand power but illegal acts or frauds targeting young star-wannabes in the pop-culture industry have to be rooted out immediately.”
The ministry will be looking into all agencies to check whether or not they are involved in unfair treatment of trainees with the help of Korea Entertainment Producers’ Association and the Korea Entertainment Management Association. These two private organizations will be cooperating with the government to collect basic information on training management agencies, music video makers, and more.
It’s a good thing that Korea is taking a stand against this, since there are a lot of trainees who will be willing to endure this kind of treatment to become stars. Hopefully all these actions will prevent any sexual abuse of trainees or artists in the future.
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