BUSAN, South Korea – The number of sex crimes against minors rose sharply in the past five years but more than 40 percent of convicted offenders were released on probation, government data showed Thursday.
According to the data by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, the number of sex crimes, such as rape, indecent assault and brokering prostitution, against children and juveniles rose 52.7 percent from 1,068 cases in 2007 to 1,631 in 2012.
The findings are based on a research conducted by the state-run Korean Women’s Development Institute on supreme court cases of sex crimes against minors during the 2007-2012 period.
Of the total of 9,128 cases in the five-year period, 8.5 percent of the assailants were also underaged while about 41.6 percent of the victims were children under the age of 13, the data showed.
The data also showed that nearly half of those convicted of such crimes were released after getting suspended jail sentences.
Source: Busan eFM News