Drunken US soldier goes to "Hooker Hill" in South Korea, causes in excess of $71,000 dollars in damage
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Drunken US soldier goes to "Hooker Hill" in South Korea, causes in excess of $71,000 dollars in damage

Seoul : South Korea | Jul 15, 2012 at 9:11 AM PDT
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Seoul, South Korea- A U.S. service member of the 8th Army’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion stationed in Seoul, South Korea, got drunk, went to the Itaewan district section known as “Hooker Hill," notorious for prostitution, drugs and human trafficking of young women and caused a fire that resulted in $71,000 dollars in damage to three buildings.

Unconfirmed reports suggest the service member endangered some underage prostitutes in the Tiger Tavern who were almost trapped in the raging fire and couldn't get out.

The soldier testified in court that he consumed six beers in his room at K-16 Air Base on the outskirts of Seoul before making the 20-minute trip to Itaewon, where he then engaged in binge drinking and acts of immoral behavior, including cavorting with prostitutes.

A South Korean police officer testified that the soldier was drunk and acting erratically when police found him outside the nearby King Club several hours after the fire.

Itaewon is notorious for prostitution (see video: Walking through Itaewon, South Korea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jI6hXYGfN8&feature=related ).

Hooker Hill is supposedly "off limits" to U. S. troops.

The case caused a huge scandal to erupt and it attracted widespread attention in South Korea because it involved a U.S. service member and came after t two separate “rapes by U.S. soldiers” which sparked a series of violent protests and calls to reform the Status of Forces Agreement under which U.S. troops are based in South Korea.

“We want U.S. troops to go home”, said one South Korean prostitute, who declined to be named.

“They get drunk, demand sex of the girls and often refuse to wear condoms. They are not supposed to be here in Itaewon but they come here all the time, day and night dragging the streets, seeking sex in the clubs with women and underage girls. They like underage girls”, she said.

The same prostitute confirms that much of the prostitution in Itaewon’s infamous “Hooker Hill” is driven by U.S. troops stationed nearby.

“Without the U.S. soldiers we would not exist”, said one bar owner in Itaewon.

By some estimates prostitution business accounts for 4-5% of GDP in South Korea.

It is approximately the same as agriculture, forestry and fishing in South Korea.

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