Earlier this year, the meticulously managed world of K-pop was rocked by scandal. Seungri, a singer in one of the world's most famous boy bands, Big Bang, was questioned by police over allegations he was procuring prostitutes for his business and had embezzled funds at Burning Sun, a nightclub he part-owned in the exclusive Gangnam district of Seoul, Eescorts Korea. Several of his celebrity K-pop friends were also caught sharing sex videos and bragging in a chat room about raping women.
One by one, Korean heartthrobs more used to being mobbed free fuck room fans found themselves fending off reporters as they made their way to the police station to face questions from drug-taking to rape. But in recent months an even more shocking picture has emerged of Gangnam, where South Korea's high society live, work and play.
The BBC has heard allegations that in its glitzy nightclubs, women have been drugged to order by powerful men and raped, and that underage girls are iorea sexually exploited for profit. The Escortz has sought the voices of those caught up in Seoul's sex scandal. We have heard from club-goers and club employees as well as victims, including underage girls who say they were recruited to have sex with paying customers.
They all say tit babes abuse of women in the clubs is pervasive and often violent. We korae been told that elite clients, known as VIPs - and the richest VVIPs - were kotea to pay tens of thousands of dollars to have women who were enjoying a night out drugged and taken to a nearby hotel room, the abuse routinely captured on camera.
As one club-goer put it to us: "These men are hunters and they pay to get in the game. So you need prey. It's foolish to think you won't get shot in this place. A warning: this article contains details of alleged sexual assaults which you may find upsetting. We were shown a harrowing video which allegedly depicts a sexual assault.
The still image in front of me gives me an idea of the horror which will follow. A woman is lying naked on a red sofa with three men staring down at her. I press play, and the men approach her. One laughs as he lifts up a limb and it falls. Her body is limp warsaw mo hotties she does not respond.
The two minute video is too upsetting to describe in detail. The video was allegedly shared in a chat room between employees - I cannot verify its contents.
But this clip is now part of a police investigation into activities at eacorts clubs in Gangnam. Gangnam has often been described as the Beverly Hills of Seoul. Flashy and fashion-conscious, it's a symbol of prosperity and status. At night, it's the neon playground of the very gay chat salinas ca and those eager for a taste of the ezcorts lifestyle.
The cost of a night out appears almost irrelevant. A viral social media clip shows a man spinning koreaa the dance floor, throwing bank notes into the air like confetti. The dress code is, of course, deer chic and for many of the more prestigious nightclubs, gaining entry requires being on an approved list. DJs are celebrities in their own right, conducting crowds of dancers crammed around the rscorts.
Beautiful women serve thousand-dollar bottles of champagne to revellers who appear ready to party until dawn. Kim - not her real name - used to be a regular on the Gangnam scene. She liked krea dance and she had a few favourite DJs. One escortts last December she was invited to a nightclub for drinks. Among the group was an Asian businessman who she claims took an interest in her and began serving her whisky.
So I drank around three to four glasses. Every time I did so, he kept giving me water to drink. At some point, she claims, she blacked out and woke up in a hotel room with the man looking down on her. When I got up, he would grab my neck and force me down on the bed over and over. I thought someone could die like this by having their neck broken. Then, he got on top of me and used kkrea of his hands to block my mouth and started pressing down putas gdl. He kept saying 'relax, relax'.
She told us she feared for her life. Kim says she had been drugged in the club and was raped. Afterwards she threw up, then begged to go home. I said what are you doing and 'no, no'. But he grabbed my arm and wouldn't let me go. So Escprts thought it'd be best to just take this photo and leave amigos chat py I could get into some real harm. Kim went to the police the next day.
They found no trace of drugs in her blood, but prosecutors tell us that is not unusual. The most common drug used to incapacitate a victim is thought to be GHB, or Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate a strong sedative that is undetectable in the body after a few hours. But she said she had found other women online who also believe they were drugged and raped after visiting Gangnam clubs, but have no clear memory of what happened.
The businessman was found and questioned but he has strongly protested his innocence.
In a statement to the BBC he said she did not black out. He said he did not rape, sexually assault or physically assault her at all and that CCTV footage shows her willingly leaving the club with him and walking to the hotel. Over the past few months, police have questioned nearly 4, people, focusing on allegations of drugs, prostitution, sexual assault and illicit filming linked to the club scene which have outraged the public.
Those questioned include several male celebrities from the K-pop scene. Seungri - real name Erdington escort Seung-hyun - has reed from show businessdenying that he ever procured prostitutes but saying the scandal "has become so big". The continuing controversy has led to the reation of the head of a major South Korean entertainment company - Yang Hyun-suk, chief producer of YG Entertainment, which was behind the viral hit Gangnam Style.
Kogea denied wrongdoing, but said he could no longer withstand "humiliating" allegations of his involvement in a drug scandal and was stepping down to fight them. Brazilian escorts in london allegations have encouraged others to speak out. People we spoke to who were an integral part of Seoul's club scene have described a culture of exploitation, where the procuring of women for sexual gratification had become almost routine for some wealthy clients.
The clubs employ hosts known as "MDs" to cater to guests' desires.
It's a murky role - one female MD told us it entailed building relationships with "pretty girls" to bring them into the clubs. They would entice them esvorts the offer of free entry and free drinks. MDs would have a of beautiful women on their call lists. We have heard repeated allegations that at some point and at the request of clients, the women's drinks were being spiked, rendering them unconscious.
However one senior club executive told the BBC that the suggestion GHB had been sold or distributed to customers and sexual assault encouraged was ridiculous. A former host at a famous Gangnam nightclub said one VVIP - the elite guests - was "well-known for his crazy appetite for unconscious women". Specifically, he said, the client's request koreq "Bring me anonymous venting chat. He claimed to have witnessed several attempted ewcorts assaults: "I saw a few people every week that didn't seem like they were drunk, but gone in a different way.
You can tell with your eyes the difference between who is drunk on alcohol and who is gone from something else. Lee - not his real name - worked as an MD and said these women were "just people who came to the club". I wanted to ensure I understood what he was telling me. So I put the question to him clearly: "Ordinary women going into the club for a nice night out, could face being drugged and raped?
Is that what you saw? After procuring the women, he said, the clients "would fuck buddies newbury pa take them to the hotel above the club or there are a lot of hotels near here, or motels". We cannot name any of these workers, because they fear reprisals. Likewise a regular club-goer told us esccorts he had been in the VIP room at a Seoul nightclub when a waiter brought in unconscious women.
I wondered if she was mentally ill, especially since she was drooling and her body was limp. I worried - what if she dies here? She won't remember a thing so you can do whatever you want.
These men are the hunters. And they pay to get in the game. So you need prey, and the MDs are the ones who release the prey. Joo Won-gyu escorfs a church pastor who has become one of the most vocal campaigners against sexual violence in Korae. He had been working with runaway teenagers in when 20 of them disappeared. He tracked them down and found them working as underage prostitutes at clubs.
He decided to become a driver for some of these clubs to try to discover more about how stuttgart escort teenagers were being treated and recruited. He said scouts or pimps koorea entice runaway teenage girls by claiming they would help them become entertainers or actresses after "working" at the club for two to three years.
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One of the youngest girls working in clubs had been recruited at the age of 13, he claims. The age of consent is 20 in South Korea. Sex with a minor is statutory rape. He said he had witnessed a of unconscious women being raped in that time. He told us how he believed the system worked. Then they would drink together, put GHB in the drink or actually get her drunk on alcohol to rape kogea sexually assault her.
He drove us around the back alleys of Gangnam where he would drop off clients or sex workers, including underage girls, at hotels or office apartments. He described it the perfect secretary personal assistant a "challenging time".