Sex crimes against foreigners are on the rise as Korea becomes gradually more cosmopolitan.
According to the Seoul Metropolitan Police, the number of sex crimes targeting foreigners increased around three-fold from 76 in 2009 to 213 last year. Over the same period, the total number of sex crimes here rose around 1.7 fold, from 4,250 to 7,395.
"It has become much easier to meet foreigners via smartphone apps and this has led to a rise in sex crimes targeting them," a police spokesman said.
Police will increase special teams dedicated to investigating sex crimes from 19 precincts across the capital to all 29 by September.
Kim Chang-ryong at the Seoul Metropolitan Police said, "We are offering information and guidance to foreigners who are unaware of what to do if they become victims of sex crimes."