The commander of U.S. troops in South Korea is dropping the hammer on that country’s notorious “juicy bars,” which use women as sex workers who cater to U.S. troops.
Many of the women are illegally smuggled into South Korea from other countries, including the Philippines. They are treated as the property of “juicy bar” proprietors, who steal their passports and claim the women owe them money for bringing them into the country.
The women are forced to sell themselves as companions to U.S. troops, who can buy overpriced juice drinks from them. A 2002 Military Times investigation profiled a “juicy girl,” who said she did not make enough money by selling drinks to pay off her debt to her bar owner, so she had to resort to charging U.S. service members for sex.
Now U.S. troops in South Korea are not allowed to pay or provide “anything of value” to employees of a bar or any other establishment to entertain them, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, wrote in an Oct. 15 memo.
“This includes paying a fee to play darts, pool, or to engage in other entertainment with an employee, or buying a drink or souvenir in exchange for an employee’s company,” according to the memo, which was posted on USFK’s website.
Service members who fail to comply with the policy can be punished under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the memo says. Scaparrotti wrote that he expects installation commanders to place off-limits any establishments that support prostitution and human trafficking.