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Rioting topless hookers douse themselves in petrol and scream 'we will die for the sex trade'

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Korean-sex-workersTOPLESS hookers have been dousing themselves in petrol and threatening to torch themselves in street protests against attempts to close down the sex trade in South Korea.

 

Police in the Yeongdeungpo district have been clamping down hard on prostitution, but the women have hit back with huge, and occasionally violent demonstrations.

And they claim they are willing to die for the right to ply their trade.

Last weekend more than 20 women, who were naked except for body paint, doused themselves with  petrol and had to be physically prevented from setting themselves on fire.

The authorities are attempting to clean up the area and new building work is starting in the traditional 'red-light' area.

But the hookers fear they will be unable to work elsewhere and will be forced onto the breadline.

One said her earnings had halved to about £2315 ($3700) per month since the police crackdown.

She added: “This is our livelihood. Where can we go if not here?

“They are taking food from our children's mouths.”

Protest signs written in large red writing adorn almost every brothel reading 'I will pour fuel on my body and die gloriously' or simply 'we will die here'.


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