Police seize profits earned by prostitution

November 23, 2015

(Yonhap) — Police have taken measures to hold some 3 billion won ($2.5 million) in assets from brothels in an effort to more effectively fight prostitution, the authorities said last week.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) said they have frozen the accounts containing money illegally earned by 22 brothels from March 2010 to September this year. The money will be confiscated if the suspects are convicted.

Among the total, 1.8 billion won came from 60-year-old Lee who owns a bar in Seocho district, southern Seoul, according to SMPA.

As a result of the crackdown in the affluent Gangnam region in southern Seoul from March, the police have arrested 107 people that either run brothels or offer prostitution.