A model agency in Gangnam, Seoul sent out mass emails looking for 20 to 25-year-old “pretty” women who are at least 170cm tall and have “large breasts” on the 11th. According to this email, which was sent through a popular job search website, the agency is looking for female members of a social club, through which they can hang out with “wealthy men” and earn at least one million Korean won (approx. $1,000) per day. The email even explicitly stated: “Only pretty women are wanted. We don’t accept ugly women.”
Numerous netizens and women’s rights activists argue that the agency is in fact advertising “sponsorship.” “Sponsorship” is a relationship between a man and a woman under a financial condition, in which a wealthy man “sponsors” a woman for spending time with him. Authorities of the Korean Women’s Association United claimed on the 12th that the email is indeed a violence against women since it is an advertisement that might commercialize sex and the female body. Many female netizens also have been expressing their anger and discomfort online.
However, the police explained that although there are some rumors that this controversial agency seems to promote prostitution, there is no clear evidence to begin an investigation.