A new register reveals that many convicted sex offenders live close to schools, according to lawmaker Yoo Ki-hong of the main opposition Democratic Party.
Yoo triangulated the homes of sex offenders to within a 1 km-radius of elementary, middle, and high schools nationwide using the website www.sexoffender.go.kr.
Out of 11,575 schools nationwide, 41 percent had at least one sex offender living within 1 km-radius as of March this year, he said.
Some 549 schools were close to the homes of at least six sex offenders each, 263 of them primary schools.
In densely populated Seoul, sex offenders live near 71 percent of 1,326 schools, and 233 schools are near the homes of at least six each.
But schools are often oblivious. One principal at an elementary school in north Seoul said, "We tell the children frequently to take care when coming to and from school as there are crime-ridden areas nearby, but I didn't know how many sex offenders live around here, and I've never done anything about it."