The Women Outside (1996)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Social Issues, Gender Issues, Politics & Government  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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US soldiers have been stationed in special Korean military camps since the end of the conflict with North Korea in the early '50s. Though it is not officially sanctioned, many of the soldiers frequently avail themselves with Korean prostitutes to boost their morale. This documentary examines the plight of these exploited women, many of whom were forced into becoming sexual servants. Many times the women choose prostitution because they have no other economic resource. Unfortunately, they pay high prices for their choice as they are ostracized by their countrymen and the resulting Amer-Asian children are despised. Occasionally, a soldier will marry a Korean woman, but 80% of the marriages end and many turn violent. Sometimes soldiers even murder their women. For those Korean women who make it to America, life is not much better and the face more subtle forms of exploitation.



biracial, exploitation, illegitimate-child, Korea, ostracism, prostitute/prostitution, sex-industry, soldier, war