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Brazilian women went to South Korea to become K-pop stars, were forced into prostitution: police


(Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)

A group of seven Brazilian women who traveled to South Korea in hopes of becoming K-pop stars were instead trafficked into prostitution, according to South Korean police.

The women, all in their 20s and 30s, were rescued from brothels during police raids last month. Five people were arrested on suspicion of arranging prostitution and trafficking women, CNN reported.

The women went to South Korea in July, lured by a man on social media who offered them a free, round-trip ticket, police said.

“(The) women were told they could be models, or that they would be supported to become K-pop singers,” a police spokesman said.

Once they arrived, their passports were allegedly taken from them and they were locked into two houses in Ilsan and Paju, two cities north of Seoul. They were allegedly sold to a massage parlor for the equivalent of $1,650 each.

After being rescued from the massage parlors, the women were moved to a shelter where police said they seemed “traumatized.”

“We think that there could be more people involved in the operation and possibly someone above who was organizing,” the spokesman said.

He said it’s rare to see South American victims in South Korean sex trafficking cases.