Sexual abuse part of daily routine for US forces in North Korea

The Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper published by the ruling party in North Korea, has stated that "the US forces in South Korea are infected with an abnormal sexual desire and sexual abuses are part of their daily routine".

The comments were made in relation to a case where a young US private is in jail awaiting trial for raping a 67-year-old woman. The paper also said that the south would not obtain social or human rights progress while the "occupation" continued.

Approximately two years ago the South Korean government implemented new laws curbing prostitution. Laws that were pushed for by the conservative Bush administration in exchange for the US military's continued commitment to Korea.

The laws themselves were met with considerable protest from Korean prostitutes and business owners alike. Prostitution remains a mainstay both for domestic and international clients - largely the miliary.

Prostitution has since gone underground causing a number of international organizations to decry the new laws as harmful to women's rights.

Kim Jong Il, son of Kim Il Sung, stands as the nutty leader of North Korea. The nation recently conducted nuclear tests that are largely regarded as a failure in the international community.

Kim - completely disconnected with reality - does not seem to recognise that prostitution is as rampant in the north as it is in the south. 'Women selling flowers' are commen in Pyongyang and beyond.

The United States has had troops stationed in South Korea since the end of the Korean war. Currently 29,500 troops are stationed there. Sporadic crimes and accidents over the years have raised anti-American sentiment in the region.

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