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The Korean Grandmothers Who Sell Sex

World  (tags: Korea, elderly, women, sex, prostitution, economy, ethics, society )

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Koreans could once be sure that their children would look after them in their old age, but no longer - many of those who worked hard to transform the country's economy find the next generation has other spending priorities.


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B Lewenza (76)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 8:20 pm
Noted Well I guess even at 71 years old ( eww) they need a little nooky here and there.LOL But prostitution is going a little bit much, and 40% of the men have sexually transmitted diseases (eww). Thanks for sharing (I think}

Mary T (356)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 9:19 pm
thanks for sharing Carrie - so sad that lots of older people all around the world can't support themselves and do not want to bother their children.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 10:22 pm
Thank you Carrie

P A (117)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 11:22 pm
Strewth! I think we should all look after those who have loved us, whether family or not.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 11:41 pm
I agree Pat, but society has changed and often times elders are not longer given the care and respect they need and deserve.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 12:06 am
Really sad. Thank you Carrie.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 3:22 am
Thank you Carrie.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 4:38 am
I find this reality quite sad. Seniors shouldn't have to sell their bodies to survive...they should be relaxing in their golden years with a lil help from loved ones. Very ODD. Thanks Carrie

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 6:19 am
Poverty has all kinds of things in it's clinking sac.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 7:55 am
What an incredibly sad story. The elderly who have worked hard to create the country's fast economy are the last to get it's benefits. This is also what a global (read Western) economy does. Countries which catch up with us, incorporate both economy and western culture at an alarming rate. There is no time to adapt existing cultures and they are destroyed without filling the gaps, such as pensions or welfare for the elderly who have to either starve or care for themselves by continuing to work, or as a last resort prostitute themselves.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 10:40 am
Very sad and shocking. Those are women who have given up their lives to take care of their husbands and children, and have therefore no means to support themselves.
My heart goes out to them. God bless them.

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 12:32 pm
Horrible - our whole world is falling apart it seems.

Lone F (58)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 12:55 pm
Thanks for sharing this sad story, Carrie!

Jamie Clemons (282)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 1:05 pm
That is what it will be like over here after they get rid of Social Security.

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 3:49 pm
Really sad. Seniors are not suppose to have to live this way.

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Wednesday June 11, 2014, 4:26 pm

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 4:38 pm

Irma Paulme (94)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 7:13 pm

As the grandmas say: they have to keep body and soul together... really sad :(

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 11:40 pm
The price of western progress? Truly sad what these lovely are forced into due to familial and financial support. One more reason for us women in the USA to fight for social security and equal pay! The less women make over a lifetime also figures into how much we get from social security at the end of our careers. The author is very offensive in referring to the 71 year old lady "with crapey skin" what did she think a 71 year old woman's skin would be? Regardless of what financial duress has forced them to resort to the oldest profession in the world, respect and empathy should be a given.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 4:39 am
Thank you

Athena F (131)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 1:59 pm
thank you

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 2:14 pm
Thanks for posting this sad and eye-opening article, Carrie. It made me depressed as I was brought up to respect and care for the elderly (old fashioned today I guess) - which I do.

Going by the old saying: "A society is only as strong as its weakest links" ... this tells us what? I hope the Korean Gov can turn this horrible situation around and better the situation of their senior citizens.

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 3:12 pm
The country seems to be doing well. I would think the government would give them a pension.

Vicky P (476)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 3:56 pm
really sad :/

Kathleen M (208)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 4:02 pm
Sadly Noted. Thank you, Carrie.

Gloria H (88)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 6:11 pm
My last boyfriend was 75...still chasing women and catching them. The liar told me he was 69. I checked his age in white pages. WoW!!! Ages there are accurate.
I guess I should be flattered to be "the younger woman".
Just because a guy is older than dirt, they still want a woman. I really think it is more for company. THEY think it's for sex, but I feel they are lonely and can not commit even at their age to being with a woman 24/7.

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 6:22 pm
Petition already signed. This is very sad.

Rosette Reyes (8)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 9:29 pm
I hope there will be a support for them from their government or other non-profit organizations so that they will be prevented from doing this. Perhaps their families will feel devastated when they will hear that the elders have to do this as a last resort to support themselves.

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Friday June 13, 2014, 8:49 pm

Charlene Rush (79)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 12:45 am
How terribly sad.

Johann S (120)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 7:30 am
Asia isfull of women and children being forced or raised into brothels and prosititution. The UN needs to go in and break up these brothels and free them from a life of forced sex slavery.And if sex tourism is stopped there will be no market for it. Asia is just one huge superbrothel--- ask any miltary person stationed there-- because military personnel are perhaps the largest consumers of such services

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 2:23 pm

To Angelus - while I agree with you that the demand dictates the market and it sure is absolutely wrong to force women into prostitution in Asia ...

... what do you suggest we do with our sex trafficking, brothels and prostitution in Europe and America? Who should we send in to break them up?

What's to be done with the brothels in Danemark which cater to US and EU tourists and offer animals for sex? It's all too easy to just see what's happening in far away places while overlooking what's going on at our door steps. Stay safe!

Melania P (123)
Friday June 20, 2014, 12:10 pm
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