28 Oct '14, 8am

US Forces Korea bans buying drinks for `juicy bar' workers

US Forces Korea bans buying drinks for `juicy bar' workers

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Forces Korea has banned servicemembers from buying drinks for workers in “juicy bars,” which have long been suspected of involvement in prostitution and human trafficking. While the military has maintained a zero-tolerance policy toward prostitution, buying drinks in exchange for female company was not strictly prohibited by USFK. That changed with a new policy letter released to troops on Oct. 15. “Paying for companionship directly supports human trafficking and is a precursor to prostitution,” USFK commander Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti wrote in announcing the change. “This practice encourages the objectification of women, reinforces sexist attitudes, and is demeaning to all human beings.” Juicy bars are typically staffed by scantily clad women, usually brought in from the Philippines on entertainer visas, who sell pricey nonalcoholic drinks to servi...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/usfk-bans-buying-drin...

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