Middle school students who forced other younger students at the same school into prostitution are shocking the public but the school's reaction is putting victims into an impossible situation.
Three grade 3 middle school students (10th grade in the U.S.) threatened their younger schoolmates into prostitution with an adult male.
The security camera footage from Seongnam Gyeonggi Province showed one of the older students taking a younger student to a car, where a man was waiting.
Victims testify that the 3 older schoolmates met with them at a playground and beat them until they agreed to prostitute themselves for money to give to the older kids.
One of the victims said, "They beat me up badly then said either I get a beating worth 600,000 KRW (approximately $530 USD) or I need to earn 600,000 KRW and give it to them." When the girls refused, the older schoolmates continued to brutalize them physically and verbally.
Two of the victims actually met up with the male customer. One escaped but the other one was sexually assaulted and gave the money to the older students.
The victim's parent said during an interview, "She kept crying so I asked, what is it, what is it? Then she told me that she got in a car to meet some man. When I heard that, it broke my heart."
The parent reported the crime to the school, making the school hold a disciplinary committee meeting. However, all that the bullies received was a 10-day suspension. The younger students who were traumatized and are in counseling must face their perpetrators in two weeks when they all return to school.
The victim shared how she felt about the situation, saying, "It's only 10 days of suspension, so I worry what I'm going to do. But the school says that this is all they can do. I am scared to see their faces..."