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Is South Korea Failing Its Aging Population?

Prostitution is illegal in South Korea, so why is the conservative country home to hundreds of elderly female prostitutes?

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Sources:

South Korea Elderly Poverty Rate Highest Among OECD Countries, Report Says
IBTimes – http://www.ibtimes.com/south-korea-elderly-poverty-rate-highest-among-oecd-countries-report-says-1848010
‘The report from the government-funded Korea Labor Institute showed that 48.6 percent of the country’s elderly were in poverty in 2011, defined as earning 50 percent or less of median household income.’

Elderly Prostitutes Reveal South Korea’s Dark Side
The Japan Times – http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/09/27/asia-pacific/social-issues-asia-pacific/elderly-prostitutes-reveal-south-koreas-dark-side/#.VkpQBt-rRXh
‘The middle-aged and elderly women and their customers – both pitied and scorned in this conservative country – provide a look at the dark side of South Korea’s rapid economic rise and at the erosion of traditional parent-child roles.’

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