(22 Sep 2011) SHOTLIST
1. Various of South Korean sex workers in a protest against a government law which ban prostitution in South Korea
2. Protesters chanting, large yellow banner, reading (Korean) “Let”s Gain Rights to Live”
3. Close of protester, face covered with facemask
4. Wide of protesters
5. Mid of placards, reading: (Korean) “Desperately oppose shutting down (the brothels) without alternatives” and “Protect our lives”
6. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Jang Ju-eun, Head of Hanteo National Union, an organisation for sex workers in South Korea:
“I hope prostitution becomes legalised. South Korea should introduce licensed prostitutions like the Netherlands so that we, sex workers, can at least confidently and blamelessly show our faces in public and earnestly live our lives.”
7. Tilt-up of protester holding a petition addressing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak
8. Protesters walking with petition
9. Protesters getting into a police car to drive them to the South Korean Presidential Office”s public service centre
10. Police car driving towards public service centre
11. Various of protesters
12. Close of protester addressing crowd
13. Protesters listening
14. Back shot of protester talking on podium
STORYLINE
Around 1,600 South Korean sex workers gathered in Seoul on Thursday to hold a protest rally against a government law which bans prostitution.
Sex workers wearing caps and sunglasses to hide their faces held signs insisting the South Korean government accepts them as labourers and protects their rights.
Prostitution is illegal in South Korea, based on a law implemented in September 2004, but is widespread despite repeated government crackdowns on brothels.
The government provides living facilities, counselling, treatment and employment information for former sex workers, encouraging them to chose other jobs.
Sex workers, however, say they cannot find decent jobs to support themselves and their families.
“South Korea should introduce licensed prostitutions like the Netherlands so that we, sex workers, can at least confidently and blamelessly show our faces in public and earnestly live our lives,” said Jang Ju-eun, Head of Hanteo National Union, an organisation for sex workers in South Korea.
The South Korean government has previously cracked down on some brothels in Seoul”s red light district, as new shopping centres were being built in the same area.
Sex workers are planning to hold rallies continuously against the South Korean government to gain labour rights for themselves.

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