By Beth Main.
In the last six months the ‘Korean Wave’ has emerged in Taipei not only as cute hats and upbeat dance tracks but in the more sinister underbelly of society. The once Taiwanese dominated prostitution scene in Taipei has now been taken over by a wave of South Korean immigrants.
Since the 2009 suicide of 26-year-old South Korean actress Jang Ja-yeon after she was forced into prostitution, Korea has been cleaning up its act and cracking down on all forms of prostitution and pornography. This has forced sex workers out of Korea and they are now elbowing for space in Taipei.
The women enter on tour visa’s and remain in Taipei for three or four weeks at a time, earning over 10,000 TWD (2,100 yuan) for every customer.
Russians used to be the most common ‘foreign’ prostitutes in Taiwan, so much so that getting called Russian on the streets of Taipei is close to being an insult.
Many of Taiwan’s online pornography resources have also been drowned by the Korean Wave and are featuring more and more Korean actresses.