Police seize beds, baths in crackdown on sex trade


SEOUL — South Korean police said Thursday they have seized beds and bathtubs weighing a total of 100 tons during a crackdown on prostitution in the capital Seoul. They said the items and others were confiscated and destroyed during raids on dozens of massage parlors and brothels in the city’s eastern district of Jangan.

A massage parlor owner committed suicide in protest at the crackdown which began on July 28, but police vowed to step up their campaign against prostitution, which is illegal in South Korea. On Wednesday police set up a 270-member special unit to tackle the crime in Seoul.