Police uncork sting on illegal liquor sales

On day two of the Daly City Police Department's three-day summer sting operation to weed out markets,
restaurants and liquor stores selling alcohol to minors, six businesses failed the test.
Officer Wilson's team cited three:
the Shanghai Restaurant; another Chinese restaurant next door;
and a cashier at a Korean supermarket who let Irene buy a six-pack of Coronas. The other decoy team caught three others.

Kathimerini Athens, Greece

Deporting immigrants Friday August 12, 2005
A large group of illegal immigrants from Egypt who were were detained in Crete earlier this week are expected to be deported in the next few days, police sources said.
The 95 Egyptians, who will be moved to a local school for the duration of their stay, will be transported back to their country on a chartered flight.
The crew members of the South Korean-flagged boat that was transporting the illegal immigrants faced a prosecutor yesterday.

South Koreans jailed for smuggling of Chinese women into Finland

Tuesday 16.8.2005
Two South Korean men were convicted and sentenced in the Kotka District Court in Hamina on Wednesday
for the crime of arranging illegal entry into Finland for young Chinese women.

Irvine Police Arrest Baby Sitter In Infant's Death

August 5, 2005
A 30-year-old Irvine woman is arrested after 8-month-old girl Nicole Jeong apparently died from a blow to her head.
An Irvine woman who babysat an 8-month-old girl was behind bars Friday on suspicion of causing her death, police said.
Sunhye Choi, 30, was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and
booked on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Nicole Jeong,
said Irvine Police Lt. Jeff Love.
"The autopsy preliminarily found blunt force trauma to the head
that was not consistent with accidental injury," he said.
"Apparently there was more than one injury to the head," Love added.
"It's inconceivable a baby could fall and hit its head so many times, even if walking."
The baby sitter, who lives in the same Parkview Lane apartment complex
as the victim's parents, had watched the baby for about five weeks, Love said.

Kyrgyz SNB officer of Korean origin suspected in the murder

of local athlete
Aldayar Ismankulov, the head of the Kyrgyz secret service department
on organized crime is suspected in the murder of local athlete
Raatbek Sanayev, Kabar reported.

Besides, local sources claim that he changed his name several times,
being of Korean origin and having a name Alexey Kim.
He is the son of the rector of the local physical culture university,
which was visited last week by the head of state. Ismankulov-Kim is
also claimed not to speak Kyrgyz at all.

A Thursday night alcohol-sales compliance sweep resulted in three arrests and nine citations.

Employees from Origami(折り紙), Trinity Beverage Company
and Phillips 66 in White Rock
were handcuffed and taken to jail for selling beer to undercover minors.

Muyng Ja Ame Kim, 50, a Korean national, was arrested at Origami(折り紙).
She also did not have a server's license. Harper and Ame Kim were charged
with two fourth-degree felonies each.

"This is a very unfortunate situation," Origami(折り紙) owner Min Park said.
"Last night after this happened, I called everybody to remind them to always
check ID's and to post a reminder so they don't forget."

shoplifting at Wegmans in Corning

A jury trial scheduled for Monday has been postponed until March for
a Corning woman and her husband accused of shoplifting at Wegmans in Corning.
The trial is now to begin 10 a.m. March 27 in Corning City Court for Mee Jo
and her husband, Sughe Jo, of West Fifth Street.

The case has been pending since Oct. 26, 2004, when the couple had been
arrested and charged with shoplifting about $70 worth of items at Wegmans.
Mee Jo is charged with petit larceny and sixth-degree conspiracy. Sughe Jo
faces the same charges, plus resisting arrest. Mee Jo has maintained she
and her husband were falsely accused.

Until now, the couple had been representing themselves in court without a lawyer. Sughe Jo testified Thursday that he could not find a suitable lawyer
in the Corning area.
He had hired an attorney but let him go because he was not representing
his interests, he said.

The translator was provided by teleconferencing Thursday for Sughe Jo,
who speaks Korean. Mee Jo speaks Korean and English.

Unemployed sushi chef stabs daughter to death!

An unemployed South Korean sushi chef was accused Saturday of stabbing
his teenage stepdaughter to death with a butcher knife after she refused
to let him into the family's suburban Chicago apartment.
Jong B. Lee, 41, was charged with first-degree murder on Friday.
Lee apparently became upset when he found the door to his Northfield
Township home locked early Friday morning after a dispute
with his wife and 15-year-old stepdaughter,
Won Hye Weon, authorities said.
When Weon denied Lee entry into the apartment, he kicked in a door, grabbed
a butcher knife and stabbed the girl to death, Cook County sheriff's
officials said.
Weon, a sophomore at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, was found
by officers lying on the floor with multiple stab wounds,
Cook County Sheriff Michael F. Sheahan said.
Lee, a South Korean immigrant, was arrested at the apartment.
His wife told police Lee was an unemployed sushi chef, said Penny Mayteck,
a spokeswoman for the Cook County sheriff's department.

Quake hit foreign community at its roots

Ten years after the deadly earthquake, the structure of Kobe's traditional
foreign community has changed, with fewer Westerners and a growing number
of East Asians living in the port city.
But few Westerners are moving in, and many long-term residents are
leaving for Tokyo, China or elsewhere.
At the same time, there has been a noticeable increase in the
number of Chinese and Korean residents, especially in private international
schools, which were once the domain of Westerners.
According to local foreign residents, the trend, which began in the 1980s,
accelerated after the quake.
The cause for the decline in the number of Westerners appears to be
due less to the quake itself than to the policies of the local governments
and business community afterward.
As of last October, there were 44,449 registered foreigners living in Kobe.
These included 23,755 Koreans, 12,203 Chinese, 1,109 Vietnamese
and 1,067 Indians. By contrast,
there were 1,245 Americans, 463 Britons and 245 Canadians.
The frustration of long-term Western residents -- who had believed
they were part of the local community -- began shortly after the earthquake,
when the city of Kobe and Hyogo Prefecture began drawing up plans for
the rebuilding
that emphasized the city's international history.
"Kobe and Hyogo Prefecture made huge mistakes in the months after
the earthquake by ignoring the advice and offers of assistance
of the Western community on how to rebuild in ways
that would both keep foreigners who were already here and attract foreign
investment," said a Tokyo-based Western diplomat who used to live in Kobe.
"Decisions on how to build an 'international city' were made by bureaucrats
behind closed doors with no consultation," he added.

Asiana Airlines employee smuggled illegals

A former Asiana Airlines employee who was indicted for violating
the immigration law faced a fresh charge Monday for allegedly
helping a Chinese woman enter Japan illegally at Narita airport last year,
police said.

Min Sun Song, 38, is suspected of giving a security pass to
the 27-year-old Chinese woman and leaking a password for
the security gate on March 22 so the woman could enter Japan
without going through immigration, the police said.

The South Korean suspect, who worked for his country's second largest
airline from June 2004 and July 2005, was quoted as telling investigators
that he had helped about 40 non-Japanese enter Japan illegally
for a fee of about 200,000 yen each.

Police suspect a major smuggling group may be operating at the airport
using official passes, and will conduct a thorough investigation,
the newspaper said.

He brought the family to Canada as refugees

B.C. town fights to block Korean family's deportation
Residents of a northern B.C. town are fighting to stop federal officials
from deporting the family of a dying South Korean man
who says gangsters will sell his daughters into prostitution to settle a debt.
Kyu Man Jeong, his wife and their two daughters have been living
for a year in a donated trailer in Fort Nelson,
a town of about 4,000 residents in the northeast corner of the province.
He brought the family to Canada as refugees,
saying that he owes money to Korean gangsters who have threatened
to send his daughters to a brothel.
Federal immigration officials denied the family's refugee application
in July and then Jeong found out that he was dying of cancer.
I don't want to be a prostitute, daughter pleads tearfully

The family left South Korea six years ago after Jeong served
two years in a Seoul jail for his part
in a kickback scheme that gave money to corrupt city officials.
He still owes millions of dollars back home, the family says.
"They told my mom that if you're not paying our money back,
then we're going to send your two daughters to a whorehouse."
The thought drew sobs from her sister, Houn A Jeong.
"I have my own dreams and it's not to be a prostitute in Korea,"
she said in Korean.

manhunt was launched for a Korean

A massive manhunt was launched for a Korean for his alleged involvement
in carjacking operations in Central Luzon and Metro Manila.
Kim Jong Jae is being hunted after a man whom he instructed to
drive a stolen vehicle was arrested
by operatives of the Traffic Enforcement Group (TEG) of
the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) last Dec. 27.

flour-filled condoms

December 30 2005
A Korean-American college student has filed a federal lawsuit
after spending three weeks in jail for flour-filled condoms
authorities found in her luggage and wrongly insisted were filled with drugs.
Janet Lee's civil-rights lawsuit filed last week against city police
seeks damages for pain and suffering, financial loss and emotional distress.
Lee was arrested in 2003,
held on $500 000 (about R3,1-million) bail and faced 20 years in prison
on drug charges.
Philadelphia International Airport screeners found three condoms
filled with white powder in Lee's luggage as she was about to board
a plane to LA. Lee told police they were filled with flour -
a silly stress-relief contraption she and her classmates made as part
of a freshman rite of passage.

Car Theft Suspect Arrested After Pursuit

December 27, 2005
A 23-year-old man arrested by police following a brief
pursuit in a stolen SUV Monday is the same suspect
who escaped from officers a day earlier while allegedly
driving a stolen car, officials said.
Su Chung of Los Angeles led authorities on a chase beginning
at Third Street and Kingsley Drive at 11:35 a.m.,
ending about 15 minutes later *near Second Street and Vermont Avenue,
said Los Angeles police Officer April Harding of the Media Relations office.

Chung allegedly eluded officers yesterday after leading
them on a chase yesterday afternoon from the downtown
Los Angeles area to La Canada Flintridge, Harding said.
Police had tried to stop the motorist around 3:15 p.m.
yesterday after determining the 1999 white Nissan Maxima
he was driving had been stolen, LAPD Officer Ted Aguirre said earlier.
A car chase ended with a foot pursuit at Foothill Boulevard
and Indiana Avenue in La Canada Flintridge, where Chung disappeared
down a storm drain that had multiple exits, Aguirre said.

Koreatown Los Angeles
Koreatown's traditional two-square-mile reach
roughly Olympic Boulevard on the south,
  1. Vermont Avenue on the east

HK Blacklists Korean Troublemakers for WTO Meet

Hong Kong police have drawn up a list of 300 Koreans
with a history of violent protests as the territory
gears up to host the WTO Ministerial Meeting from Dec. 13.
Those who try to enter the city will be
turned back, and if they resist or problems with flights or
the like prevent them from returning to Korea,
they will be jailed for the duration of the meeting,
the South China Morning Post reported Sunday.
The daily quoted a source as saying the list of known
Korean troublemakers was compiled with the
help of Interpol, the Immigration Bureau and private security consultants.

Hong Kong Faces Second Wave of Korean Protestors
The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions has threatened to dispatch
a second army of Korean protestors to Hong Kong
unless a court there throws out charges of illegal assembly
against a group of 11 Koreans who were arrested in violent demonstrations
in the territory last month.

Workers sue Korean eatery

A group that provides low-wage-earning Korean immigrant workers
with legal representation yesterday announced
it has filed a federal suit on behalf of 13 restaurant workers
left without paychecks when a popular restaurant suddenly closed
last February.
Not only did Chong Min Mun - who owned the Seoul Plaza building
on Northern Blvd. and 150th Place in Flushing and a banquet
hall/restaurant inside
  • not pay the workers wages in January and February 2005,
but he also "failed to pay minimum wages and overtime, a
nd did not deal with tips properly," said Steven Choi,
the director of the Korean Workers Project.

The Kimchi Women of Yamagata Province

Quite a number of couples happily settle in, but about
30 percent end up in a failed marriage, so they either return
to Korea or wander around in entertainment districts
in big cities like Tokyo.
Even long before the Korean Wave started in Japan,
while Korean women have been selling kimchi in a competitive manner,
kimchi was the locals’everyday side dish in the Yamagata Prefecture.
In late autumn, they hold “Kimchi Festivals.”

Kim said, Some Korean women would just dream they would
be rich in Japan anywhere they go, but having such a dream would
end up in failure,” adding,
“For one, you have meet the right person, and then you need
to learn about Japanese culture and their lifestyles before coming here.”

Shortly after the 1997 financial crisis, there were increasing
cases where Korean divorced women went to Japan with their children.
Recently, ethnic Korean women in China get married in Korea,
receive Korean citizenship, and then go to Japan as “Korean brides.”

As fraud cases concerning international marriages between Japanese
and Koreans increase,
brokers are expanding their scope to neighboring regions,
such as Iwate and Akida.
At first Japanese men preferred Korean women who are comparatively
similar-looking than other ethic groups,
but now women from China and the Philippines seem to be more popular.

Nito Haruko (Japanese name, 55), who successfully settled in
Japan 14 years ago with her Japanese husband, said,
“Living in rural areas of Japan, I realize Koreans should not
look down upon brides from southeastern countries and show warmth to them.”

Tongsun Park

U.S. News & World Report - Dec 3, 2005
In the 1970s, South Korean businessman Tongsun Park, with Korean
intelligence officials, helped funnel money to lawmakers in
an effort to gain support for South Korea.
Park faced more than 30 counts of conspiracy, bribery, and fraud
(charges later dropped as part of a plea agreement).
Several members of Congress were hauled before ethics committees,
and some were charged in criminal proceedings.

Driver too old for Korean Embassy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A former driver for
the Korean Embassy in New Zealand believes he has been a victim
f age discrimination.
Allan Wooller, now 58, says he was told that his annual contract
would not be renewed, the Wellington Dominion Post reported.
He resigned after finding a place to live and a position as
a part-time handyman.

Ambassador Jung Seung-Chin told the newspaper that the embassy
does not employ Koreans over the age of 55 as chauffeurs because
of the demands of the job.

Age discrimination is illegal under New Zealand law.
While embassies are supposed to abide by the local rules,
they cannot legally be charged with discrimination.

Chinese Merchants Penetrate Korean Consumer Market

Flushing Korean Stores lose 20% of revenue during the last two years
“Chinese merchants are penetrating Korean consumer markets rapidly.
Korean customers are flocking to Chinese stores ranging from banks,
clothing stores, and general stores because of the lower pricing policy.
Chinese companies are targeting especially the Flushing Korean market
that is the largest consumer market in the area.

13 Koreans arrested after crossing into U.S.

Thursday, December 1, 2005
Vancouver -- The U.S. Border Patrol arrested 13 Korean adults
as they attempted to jump a security
fence guarding the Canadian border near Osoyoos, B.C., Tuesday,
Vancouver radio station CKNW reported.

After being dropped off on the Canadian side, the seven women
and six men made a run for it, hopped
the fence, and climbed into a truck on the U.S. side that was
driven by a Canadian driver.

A short time later, the group was arrested by U.S. authorities,
and may face charges related to human smuggling.

Gov’t to Get Tough on ‘Ugly Koreans’

The government will get tough on Koreans who embarrass
the country by committing crimes abroad instead of
bailing them out unconditionally. The Foreign and Justice
Ministries are reportedly reviewing measures to prevent
so-called “Ugly Koreans” from throwing themselves on the
protection of the country’s overseas missions.

A pastor at a Korean church here is accused of using fake visas

to bring people into the United States.
Don Wan Park, 52, of Hope Korean Church was arrested by federal
agents Friday and charged with three counts of visa fraud.
He was released on bond after pleading not guilty in federal court
Friday afternoon.

Trial was set for Jan. 17. If convicted, Park faces a maximum
sentences of 10 years in prison.

According to a federal indictment, Park filed fraudulent visa
applications for two Korean men he said were coming to work at his church.
The fake applications included seminary transcripts and certificates
of ordination, which were counterfeit.
The two men had no religious training, nor had they worked for
Hope Korean Church, federal agents said.

Park received $47,000 to sponsor the two men, agents said.

Medicines, needles seized; ‘Fake’ Korean dentist held

KUWAIT CITY: The Capital Investigations Department recently arrested
a “fake” Korean dentist and charged him with
“practicing the profession of medicine without a license,” say sources.
Acting on information the department conducted investigations
which indicated the suspect was practicing dentistry without requisite
license and was selling medicines to persons living in the country
in violation of the residence laws, they explain. The department
then laid a trap and caught the fake
“in the act” when the latter agreed to do a “teeth clean up”
for an undercover against payment of KD 2.
On receiving the predetermined signal from the agent, securitymen
stormed the place and placed the “dentist” under arrest, state the sources.
A large quantity of medicines, needles and other instruments
required for treatment of tooth ailments were also seized from the suspect, they add.
The items and the accused have been referred to the authorities.

Korean arrested for selling liquers to teens.

Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission agents arrested
a convenience store owner on Tuesday, accused of selling
alcohol to some teenagers involved in a deadly crash.
In Ho Ahn, a Korean immigrant, found himself in handcuffs
as he was taken out of his own store.
He's accused of selling alcoholic beverages to minors,
two of whom would later be killed in a drunken driving accident in Weslaco.

“The young people I always check the I-D,” Ahn said.
“I checked. I checked for the young person. I checked the I-D. I don't understand.”

TABC agents said that they arrested Ahn after their evidence
showed he sold beer and other alcoholic beverages to underage
teens through the stores drive-thru window.
“In talking to different witnesses it appears like this is
a location where underage kids knew where to go to purchase the alcohol,”
said Aida Cantu, a TABC senior agent.
Before the accident, the pair had been at an underage drinking party,
where two other teens are accused of hosting the party and serving
the alcohol to minors.
“Two minors have already been arrested -- one of them for furnishing alcohol
to minors, (who was) the actual person, who hosted the party at
her grandparents’ residence,” Cantu said.
“And the second minor, who was also arrested, was another 15 year old,
who is the one that actually
purchased the alcohol at this convenience store.”

Suspect in Killing Is Arrested, 20 Years After Hit and Run

November 12, 2005
The silver Corvette did not swerve or slow as it sped a block and
a half up Broadway and slammed into five teenagers who were leaving
a dance near Columbia University.
Four bounced away, their bones broken, but the fifth, a 17-year-old
high school student, was dragged about a block and died.
That was 20 years ago, early on a Saturday, Aug. 10, 1985.
The Corvette was found later in Lower Manhattan, its 21-year-old driver,
Yeong Shin辛, gone, the police said.
The car belonged to his father, and detectives returned repeatedly to
his family's home in Queens, but they said no one had heard from him.
A fingerprint lifted from the car's windshield was also no help to
their investigation, as Mr. Shin had no prints on record.
Besides, it could have been left on the car at any time.
No two fingerprints are alike, but they also never change. That,
the police said, is what finally led to the arrest of Mr. Shin on Sunday in Queens,
after the fingerprint on the windshield finally matched another.
At the party, there was what the authorities described as a large fight
between Korean and Chinese students that spilled out onto the street.
No one saw the Corvette coming until it was too late,
said Robert Poon, now 37, who was a close friend of Cu Tran.
The break came this year after investigators added the old fingerprint
to a new software system, which searched updated databases for a match.
In May, the software found one: Mr. Shin, the police said. Since the hit and run,
he had been arrested twice on a driving while intoxicated charge,
once in Midtown Manhattan in 1999 and once in the Bronx in 2001, the police said.
In at least one of the arrests, Mr. Shin had used a different name, Detective Rivera said.

265,000 Koreans Live Abroad Illegally

Donga, South Korea - Oct 20, 2005
About 265,000 Koreans live overseas illegally,
according to documents the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade submitted
to the Unification, Foreign Affairs, and Trade Committee of the National Assembly
for its annual inspection.

The documents, up to date as of end of August,
counted 265,031 Koreans living abroad as illegal aliens.

The breakdown by country indicates that the United States has the highest
number with 180,000 Korean illegal migrants,
followed by Japan with 43,151, Philippines with 23,000, Canada with 10,000,
Australia with 2,619, Mexico with 2,400, and China with 2,230.

In the case of Philippines, it is presumed that the actual number of illegal aliens
with Korean nationality would be more
since there are a lot of cases where Koreans enter the country without
a visa and then obtain a temporary residence visa through bribery.

the number of last year`s cases where Koreans overseas are involved
in crimes of murder, robbery and etc. is 2,132.

Korea to Issue ID Cards for Illegals in U.S.

The Korean government will issue ID cards for Koreans staying illegally in the U.S.
in a bid to make a problem that is likely here to stay more manageable,
Seoul’s Embassy in Washington said in a statement Sunday.

The Korean Consulate in Los Angeles has agreed with city officials to
issue consular identification cards for illegal aliens who have
otherwise no way of proving their identity.
The cards will list their nationality, birth date and address in a move
expected to make life easier for visa overstayers.
Implementation is slated for the middle of next year and could
be expanded across the U.S. later.
There are an estimated 140,000 illegal Korean residents living in the U.S.,

Traffic Court IDs are target of probe

Mahn Suh Park - Mayor Street's longtime friend and volunteer
point person for Asian affairs -
says that with the permission of the then-Traffic Court president
judge he manufactured laminated, orange "Traffic Court Advisory Committee"
cards that ended up in the hands of more than a dozen Korean immigrants.
Korean businessman James Lee, of Cheltenham, said he paid $300 for a card,
which bears the signature of former Traffic Court President Judge Frank "Duke" Little.
Lee said other Koreans in Philadelphia told him they also had bought
cards, paying $300 to $500.
In an interview, Park denied that he had sold the cards and blamed a former associate.
Lee said he and others who bought the cards believed that showing
the card to law-enforcement authorities would help them avoid getting traffic tickets.
He said he had not used the card, but said other card owners told him
they had sucessfully used their cards to avoid tickets.
A Korean businessman who lives in South Jersey said in an interview
that Park offered to sell him a Traffic Court card, but he declined to buy it.
The businessman said he didn't want to be identified in the newspaper.
Park, who in the past called himself "the Korean mayor of Philadelphia,"
said he also created identification cards for members of Asian affairs
advisory councils for the district attorney and the police commissioner.
Both the D.A. and the police commissioner did have councils of Asian-Americans
to advise them on cultural and political issues.
Park has been Street's top adviser on Asian issues since Street became mayor.
His PAC gave Street more than $53,000 in 1999.
"He says that everything must go through him. If it doesn't go through him,
the mayor doesn't show up," said Wutha Chin, head of the Cambodian Association.
Park said he had done nothing wrong!

Customs seizes 2 kilos of 'ice'

October 15, 2005
An inbound Korean Airlines passenger was arrested on Guam
early Sunday morning after he was allegedly found with more
than four and a half pounds of crystal methamphetamine in his luggage.

Jin Young Oh arrived on Guam at 2:35 a.m. from Incheon, South Korea,
according to court documents.
He was arrested almost six hours later after officers allegedly
found 14 bags of the drug commonly known as "ice" in Oh's baggage.

The total weight of the 14 bags and its contents is 2,078 grams.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency,
a gram of crystal methamphetamine could go for $100 to $500.

Oh also told officers he was recruited through an Internet chat room
in South Korea and was offered $4,500 to deliver the box containing
the speaker to someone on Guam.

Chongryon investigation

An ongoing embezzlement investigation involving pro-North Korean organizations
in Japan has led to arrests of executives from Chongryon and the collapsed
Chogin Tokyo credit union.
The former is the abbreviated name of the powerful General Association
of Korean Residents in Japan.

Chongryon's Tokyo headquarters, which are considered a de facto North Korean embassy,
were searched by police for the first time ever on November 29th.

The search was protested by an angry mob of several hundred North Korean residents
shouting slogans of "rascism" and "go home" (!).

Brandi Lynn Hungerford

Friday October 07, 2005 on Inside Edition Chance Murder
She used to be a stripper in Phoenix. Now she's a witness for the prosecution.
Wearing pink handcuffs and prison stripes for her role in the murder
of a wealthy businessman,
Inside Edition on Brandy Hungerford's(♀<丶`∀´>) testimony against
her former boyfriend.

Rick Chance owned a sleek Mercedes sedan, a speedy Porsche 911 Cabriolet and
a $350,000 Rolls-Royce Corniche.
The surveillance camera shows Brandi Lynn Hungerford looking relaxed,
almost bored, as she and Rick Chance collect two plastic keycards
to Room 317 of the Best Western Inn in Tempe. Her left arm is draped
along the check-in counter.
The time, detectives say, was 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.
In a few hours, Chance would be dead, as much as $1 million in gems
and Rolex watches he was believed to be carrying would be missing,
and Hungerford and a friend would be on the run.
A hot date that Rick Chance had bragged about for days went horribly wrong.
Sex changed Brandi Lynn Hungerford's life.
South Korean by birth, Hungerford was adopted in July 1977 when she was
only a few weeks old by a machine shop supervisor and his wife in Grand Rapids, Mich.
She became the second eldest of eight brothers and sisters and grew up
in solid middle-class Midwestern comfort.
She took a few courses at a state college in Michigan, then moved with
her parents to Tempe in 1995 and planned to enroll at Arizona State University.
That never happened. Instead, she answered a newspaper advertisement
that changed her life and led her to Rick Chance.
The ad read simply: "Looking for Models."
Hungerford was hired on the spot to work for an "in-call escort service.
" She was licensed as a personal escort in Maricopa County, using the
trade names "Eden" and "Tiara."
Her job was to ride with a bodyguard to a hotel room, slip into some sexy clothing,
light a stick of incense and do a provocative dance while a client pleasured himself.
The bodyguard stayed outside to make sure there was no trouble.

Korean family left fearing vandals

4 October 2005
Police are hunting racist vandals who have left a North Shore
Korean family frightened in their home.
The family in Murrays Bay had its letter box knocked down and
graffiti spray painted over its front door and windows about a week ago.
Inspector Les Paterson says the graffiti was racist and offensive

S. Korean nabbed over airport drugs

2005-10-03 Beijing Time
A SOUTH Korean man carrying methamphetamines has been arrested
in Taoxian Airport at Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province.

The man, about 40, had 10 small plastic bags around his wrists and
legs containing 500 grams of metham-phetamines.
He was detected going through security inspection before boarding
a flight to South Korea's Pusan city and handed over to the airport Customs.

Canada to Monitor S. Korean Passports

South Korean passports are a common choice for
illegal immigrants in Canada, the police spokesman said.
According to a visa treaty between South Korea and Canada,
neither side needs a visa to travel in the other’s country.

Cops Shatter Korean Human Smuggling Ring

A federal grand jury handed down indictments today charging 24 persons
for their role in a sophisticated human smuggling scheme
that allegedly brought hundreds of South Korean women into
the United States to work as prostitutes.
Named in the two multi-count indictments issued today are 23 individuals
originally charged in the investigation and a 24th suspect who was
identified following the take down of the case June 30.
That individual, *Mi Ae Kim, a.k.a. Ae-Kyeong Kim, age 48,
allegedly owned and operated a brothel known as the 7th Spa.
During last month's enforcement operation, federal agents arrested
18 of the suspects.
A 19th defendant, *Hye Sun Sin, a.k.a. "Pink", was taken into custody
earlier this week.
The 26-year-old was arrested by CTU agents at an apartment on
Rossmore Avenue in Los Angeles Tuesday.
The indictment alleges Sin operated two Internet sites,
including one known as asianbedgirl.com,
http://lafuzoku.com/html/home.htm that offered call girl
services using undocumented Korean women as prostitutes.
Five of the 24 defendants remain at large and are being sought
by federal authorities.

The indictments issued charged the suspects with conspiracy.
The three objects of the conspiracy are -
importation of aliens to the United States for prostitution;
transporting illegal aliens;
harboring and concealing illegal aliens.
In addition, the indictment includes new charges against several
of the brothel operators for
money laundering and illegal monetary transactions.

Bogus passports get 17 by immigration

September 27, 2005
Seventeen foreign nationals travelling on a cruise ship used bogus passports
to slip by Canadian immigration officials in Halifax this month and board
a train to Toronto.
It's the largest single incident of ship-jumping in Halifax so far this year,
police said Tuesday.
Word of the illegal immigrants emerged when immigration officials said that
four others from China --
two women and two men who attempted to leave the Celebrity Cruises ship
Constellation on Sept. 20 -- were in jail.

it's quite common for poor young people from China seeking a better
life in Canada to attempt to enter the country and claim refugee status,
using forged passports.
The Korean passport is a common choice because South Koreans do not require
a visa to enter the country, he said.

However, it's rare for such large numbers of illegal entrants to come
to an East Coast port aboard a cruise ship,
and the initial influx of 17 people appeared to catch officials off guard.

For example, in the case of South Korea,
U.S. Ambas-sador Christopher R. Hill and other American government representatives
have said that the ROK cannot join the VWP until the number of illegal South Korean
residents in the United States significantly declines

Finally, ROK officials estimate that some 70,000 South Korean passports
are lost or stolen each year
and then traded on the black market,
a factor that has impeded Seoul’s partici-pation in the VWP.[35]

Suspects dispute hate crime

The AAPD (Ann Arbor Police Department) reported that along with
urinating on an Asian man and woman passing by his apartment on Sept. 15,
the 20-year-old male suspect and his roommate threw objects and
screamed racial slurs at the couple.
Both of the accused said that in response the Asian male used profanities
and flicked a Dunhill cigarette at them, which hit one the suspects,
a 21-year-old male, in the arm.
Amused by the gesture, the 21-year old male said he picked up
the cigarette and started smoking it. Both admitted to exchanging profanities,
but none involving racial epithets.
After a few minutes of arguing, the accused said the couple walked
around the corner leading them to believe the incident was over.
However, the incident escalated when they said the Asian male showed up
approximately 45 minutes later with four other male friends.
The Asian female was not present.

The accused said that the five men were yelling at them to come downstairs and fight.

When one of the five men below was yelling at them in Korean,
the 20-year-old male said,
“You are going to have to speak English. I don’t understand you.”
To this one of men replied,
“Why don’t you learn to speak Korean, bitch.”
The 21-year-old male said at one point during the exchange,
he was referred to as “white fat American piggy.”

Koreans accused of kidnapping

Two South Koreans have been arrested by Crime Suppression
Division police and charged with kidnapping three people here.
Police also suspect they are involved in human trafficking and passport forgery.

They arrested Son Jung Sik, 35, and Kim Cheon Seob, 36, at
Bella Villa Cabana Hotel in Chon Buri's Bang Lamung district near
Pattaya on Tuesday, and seized two cars, two guns with silencers, stun guns,
adhesive tape, handcuffs, nylon rods and other evidence.

Pol Maj-Gen Wut Liptapanlop, the Central Investigation Division deputy chief,
said the arrest follows a complaint filed on Saturday by Korean businessmen
Kim Jin Seoung, 45, and Kim Jin Woo, 37.

They said they and Mr Kim Jin Seoung's 23-year-old daughter, Kim Soon Youn,
were kidnapped for a four-million-baht ransom and tortured in mid-August.
They were freed after paying 200,000 baht.

A CSD investigation showed Mr Kim Cheon Seob had co-invested four million
baht with a passport forgery gang and was cheated by a man named Li Song Woo.

After Mr Li disappeared, he tried to collect the debts from both businessmen,
who were Mr Li's close friends.

10,000 illegal Koreans in Canada Sep 22, 2005

According to the office of Rep. Lee Seong-kweun, the number
of Koreans illegally staying in other countries increased
by 6,000 this year, from 259,000 in 2004 to 265,000.

The largest number of them, or 180,000, is found in the United States.
Those in Japan numbered around 40,000, the second largest group after
the United States, according to Korean media.

Meanwhile, another report said that the number of Koreans emigrating
to the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand has dropped
greatly in the past decade.

The report by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Seoul
said reasons for the declining emigration include stricter standards
set by host countries


For example, in the case of South Korea,
U.S. Ambas-sador Christopher R. Hill and other American government
representatives have said that the ROK cannot join the VWP until
the number of illegal South Korean residents
in the United States significantly declines.[33]

Finally, ROK officials estimate that some 70,000
South Korean passports are lost or stolen each year
and then traded on the black market,
a factor that has impeded Seoul’s partici-pation in the VWP.[35]

U.S. Could Waive Visa Requirements for Koreans

Will Koreans eventually be able to visit the US without visas?
“Not in the very short term, but Korea might be included in the VWP,”
said U.S. Consul General Michael Kirby on September 22.
He advised that prerequisites for Korea to be included in the VWP are
a higher employment rate within the country,
the eradication of illegal employment of Korean women in the U.S.
sex trade business,
the prevention of visa-related fabrications, fraud and evil conducts
by brokers, and strict management of passports.

Samsung Exec. Held in UK for In-Flight Antics

Chosun Ilbo, South Korea - Sep 13, 2005
A Samsung Electronics director was arrested in the UK after he created
a disturbance on a London-bound flight.
He later earned a stern warning after he tripped up a stewardess
and made sexually charged remarks, but his behavior showed no improvement.

Indonesia State Oil Company Investigates Alleged Fuel Smuggling

On Friday, police spokesman Insp-Gen Aryanto Boedihardjo said that
11 employees of the state oil and gas company had been questioned
after they allegedly stole crude oil and pumping it into a Korean ship,
MV Tioman, some time ago which was later apprehended by Indonesian KRI
Multatuli when on patrol on 31 August, 2005

He said MV Tioman was carrying about 2,881 tons of crude oil
allegedly stolen from a Pertamina Depot in East Kalimantan
when it was apprehended by navy patrol.

Eyes on the border U.S. beefs up patrols along

the Niagara frontier August 28, 2005
U.S. border agents say the hunt for terrorists is at an all-time high
on their side of the border following the second bombing attack in London.
Frustrated by what they say is Canada's soft stance in a fight
against terror, U.S. Homeland Security officials in Washington, D.C.,
allowed a Toronto Sun team to patrol with agents targeting terrorists
along the "world's longest undefended border."
"The No. 1 priority for us is the prevention of terrorism and weapons
of mass destruction from entering the country," Heckler says.

The U.S. Border Patrol is now arresting a steady stream of Korean nationals
who travel to Canada,
where they don't need visas, and are then taken into the U.S. by smugglers
who charge up to $30,000 a head.
About 12,000 people a year are caught trying to sneak into the U.S. from Canada.
Heckler says smuggling has slowed down a little, probably due to more
officers being posted along the U.S.-Canada border,
which now has a complement of 1,000 agents.

Koreans jailed for smuggling of Chinese women into Finland

Two South Korean men were convicted and sentenced in the Kotka District
Court in Hamina on Wednesday
for the crime of arranging illegal entry into Finland for young Chinese women.

Cops Shatter Korean Human Smuggling Ring

A federal grand jury handed down indictments today charging 24 persons
for their role
in a sophisticated human smuggling scheme that allegedly brought hundreds
of South Korean women
into the United States to work as prostitutes.
Affidavits filed in the case allege that the organization's ringleaders,
Young Joon Jung and Ho Kyung Kim, oversaw efforts to recruit prospective
prostitutes in South Korea
and then arranged for them to be brought to the United States.
Some of the women were smuggled into the country across the Mexican
and Canadian borders.
Others traveled to the United States on fraudulently obtained visitors' visas.

The prostitutes were allegedly managed by an underground network of
Korean "taxi" services
operated by members and associates of the Jung Organization.

Jung Organizationでググルと出るは、出るは。
Department of State Washington File:
The subject of the investigation was a criminal network dubbed
the Jung Organization

Two Men Sentenced For Smuggling Korean Women

September 12, 2005 SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)
Two New York men were sentenced to federal prison last week for smuggling
eight South Korean women into the United States near the Champlain point
of entry in northern New York.
Jin Kyoo Park, 57, of Jackson Heights, was sentenced to 16 months in prison,
and Myung Woo Jun, 54, of Bayside was sentenced to 10 months. Each must
pay a $2,500 fine.
They were caught at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 87 near
North Hudson.


Two Queens men have been sentenced to federal prison for smuggling
eight South Korean women into the United States from Canada.
Jin Kyoo Park, 57, of Jackson Heights, was sentenced to 16 months
in prison and Myung Woo Jun, 54, of Bayside, was sentenced to 10 months.
The women crossed the border,
and the men drove to a remote spot to pick them up, court records show.
They were caught at a Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 87 in April 2004.(AP)

Kwang Tae Lee, was shot

when he reportedly ignored an officer's demand to drop his knife
"This is totally unfair," said Yang Lim Oh, whose husband, Kwang Tae Lee,
was shot Aug. 11 when he reportedly ignored an officer's demand to drop
his knife -- a shooting that inadvertently also killed Lee's brother-in-law.
She spoke in Korean through an interpreter. "I lost my husband for no reason.
Please have my husband come back to me. I cannot live without my husband."

The deaths of Lee, 61, and his brother-in-law, Richard Kim, 49, have
galvanized the Korean American community. Local leaders joined the widows
at a Castro Valley mortuary where the funeral for both men was held Friday
night, saying that police overreacted and that the disagreement between
relatives could have been resolved peacefully.

During an argument with Kim, Lee -- who was visiting from South Korea - -
armed himself with a six-inch kitchen knife and went after Kim, according
to police. Kim took refuge inside a bedroom of his Innisbrook Way home and
braced the door with his body.

Hong Ik Kim, president of the Korean American Association of San Francisco,
criticized Dublin police for what he called a lack of training in
"cultural and linguistic differences."

I was waiting in line in the restroom when a bunch of Korean women barged 
in and instead of patiently waiting like the rest of us, they pushed 
ahead and started knocking on the doors of the stalls 
(which were occupied by Japanese women), running around the place as 
if it were Korean soil. 
They then noticed me and saw me waiting there in line with some Japanese 
women behind me. 
Assuming I was Korean, they asked me why I was standing there, was there 
only one working toilet? 
The concept of waiting in line didn't seem to hit them. 
Or more accurately,the concept that they were no longer in Korea didn't 
seem to hit them. 


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