Korea to enact law to protect actresses

SEOUL - South Korea is to bring in legislation to protect actresses after a survey found 60percent of them said they had been pressured to have sex to further their careers, an official said yesterday.

SEOUL - South Korea is to bring in legislation to protect actresses after a survey found 60percent of them said they had been pressured to have sex to further their careers, an official said yesterday.

The law will lay down strict rules on the establishment of entertainment agencies, a culture ministry official told AFP, adding unregistered agencies would be shut down.

On Tuesday the National Human Rights Commission published a survey conducted last year of 111 actresses and 240 aspiring actresses. Some 60percent reported receiving sexual advances from people who could influence their careers.

In answer to specific questions, 22percent of those interviewed said they were "forced or requested" by their agents to provide sexual favours while more than 6percent said they were sexually assaulted.

The survey showed 45percent were forced to drink with influential figures, while 32 percent said they had experienced unwanted physical contact or sexual harassment.

The commission said the survey was conducted to raise public awareness following the suicide of an actress last year.

Jang Ja-Yeon killed herself after suggesting she had been forced to have sex with influential figures to promote her career. - Sapa-AFP

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