The magnitude of the sexual abuse scandal that changed the exclusive Gangnam district of Seoul has been revealed in a shocking investigation.
The tiny clean image of the K-pop industry in South Korea has been shattered when more than 350 people were arrested after allegations that women were drugged in clubs and rich men were raped.
A rich customer with a & # 39; lean on unconscious women & # 39; even asked a club host to bring & # 39; me the zombies & # 39 ;.
Described as a playground for the rich and famous, Gangnam sees K-Pop stars mingle with rich businessman and a single night out can cost thousands.
However, clubs in the area have been accused of drugging women at the request of male VIPs who then report that they are raping their victims.
One of the biggest starts in K-Pop and a member of the world famous Big Bang, Seungri, has a part in a nightclub in Gangnam and has been questioned by the police about claims that he bought prostitutes for his company and had also misappropriated money.
More than 350 people have been arrested in the scandal that has turned the Gangnam nightclub district upside down
K-Pop star Seungri is one of the celebritites engaged in a sex scandal that has shaken the K-pop industry
The star and various other high-profile musicians have denied any mistake.
However, several other K-Pop celebrities were caught sharing sex videos and bragging about raping women in a chat room.
They are also confronted with allegations of the use of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine.
Among them is singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young, who admitted filming himself while having sex and sharing the images without the consent of his partners.
Customers and clubs in the Gangnam district are also confronted with allegations that underage women are being exploited.
A BBC investigation found that victims were drugged with the GHB substance before being taken into alleys, club terminals or even hotels and raped by one or more men.
According to doctors, GHB disappears from a person's system after a few hours, making it difficult for women to prove that they have been raped.
The same research showed that VIP guests worked with drugs from night club representatives and then abused their victims.
Gangnam is one of the most exclusive districts of Seoul and houses various high-end night clubs
K-Pop star Jung Joon-young admitted filming himself while having sex and sharing the images without the consent of his partners
Even more shocking is that extremely wealthy or important guests, known as VVIP & # 39; s, paid thousands for random women who enjoyed a night out to be drugged and brought to them, according to the accusations.
A club visitor told the BBC: & These men are hunters and they pay to enter the game. So you need prey. It is foolish to think that you will not be shot here. & # 39;
A victim, & # 39; Kim & # 39 ;, which is not her real name, revealed the heinous abuse she had suffered after waking up in a hotel room with a man looking down at her.
She said: & He forced me to lie down, but I didn't want that, so I kept getting up. When I got up, he grabbed my neck and forced me to lie on the bed again and again. I thought someone could die that way by breaking their neck. & # 39;
A former club host said that a especially VIP was known for his hunger for unconscious women, even saying: & # 39; bring me the zombies & # 39 ;.
Seungri, center, member of a popular K-pop boy band Big Bang, talks about his arrival at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul, March 14
K-pop singer Jung Joon-young, middle, arrives on March 14 at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul
There are even claims that the scandal has been covered by the police and has prompted South Korean President Moon Jae-in to start a corruption investigation.
He said that there was evidence & # 39; that suggested that prosecutors and police had intentionally conducted incomplete investigations and actively prevented the truth from being revealed & # 39 ;.
The Korean National Police Agency has now established a special unit to investigate sex crimes against women in Gangnam.
The scandal has turned South Korea and the K-Pop scene upside down since it broke.
In March, the Big Bang star Seungri announced his departure from show business amid increasing criminal investigations, including his alleged involvement in a scandal for sex for investment.
The 29-year-old singer was accused of lobbying potential foreign investors by offering sex services in various night clubs in Gangnam in 2015.
Meanwhile, the police claimed that Jung Joon-jong had secretly filmed herself with about 10 women and shared the images with friends via a mobile messenger app.
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