JTBC has airead an exclusive interview with an ex-trainee who claimed that sexual favors are very common in Korean entertainment industry.
She stated: “When I belonged to an agency, even though I was a minor I was often asked to be present at a bar. In truth, there are agencies that function more like brokers that trade female trainee to different sponsors.”
During the interview, that fact that private brokers exist to connect the sponsors to the models and trainees, was also revealed. One broker shared: “A broker would have profiles of trainees of various entertainment companies as well as female students that are attending art schools. To meet a female trainee, a sponsor would be charged on average approximately 220.00 USD per meeting. If they want to meet a very young female or someone from a prominent agency, they may be charged 700~900.00 USD. A sponsor must make a reservation at least a day ahead, and only those that are already on broker’s customer list can get a meeting.”
The sexual favors issuse in Korean entertainment industry is a hot topic since 2009 when actress Jang Ja Yeon commited suicide. Her death caused a national scandal when it emerged that she had been sexually and physically abused by a number of prominent entertainment executives during her career, and that this abuse had contributed to her depression.
Article by: Karolina
Edited by: Mariam