crimes

Crimes by foreigners going up?

If I had a dollar for every time Korea can't statistics to agree with itself, I wouldn't need to be writing / looking at stories such as these. From the Korea Times:
The number of crimes involving foreigners has risen sharply so far this year, the Justice Ministry said Monday.

About one third of the total were traffic violations, followed by felonies and fraud.

According to the statistics submitted by the Ministry of Justice to the National Assembly, the total number of crimes committed by foreign nationals reached a record high of 34,108 last year, nearly a three-fold increase from 12,821 in 2004.

In 2005, the number rose to 13,584 and surged to 17,379 the following year.

Crimes by English teachers going down?

This post by Gusts of Popular Feeling almost got by me over the weekend (original story in Korean):

[T]he National Assembly’s Council of Education, Science and Technology
member Lee Gun-hyeon of the GNP announced on September 24 the number of native speaking English teachers who have committed crimes over the past three years. Over three years the total is 274, with 114 in 2007, 99 in 2008, and 61 up to
August of this year.

By type, at 84, most were arrested for violence, 57 for drugs, 17 for ‘intellectual crimes’ (likely forgery), 10 for rape, and 7 for theft. As for violence, cases had risen from 22 in 2007, 38 in 2008, and 24 to August this year.

"1,031 foreigners in prison"

UPDATE: 9:02am 14 Sept 2009: Korea Beat has translated an article from the Chosun Ilbo, throwing a few more stats into the fire. Of the 1,031 prisoners, exactly 25 are Americans; other English-speaking countries are not mentioned. Additionally, the languages spoken are different, and would seem to reflect better on the people being sent to prison:
At the beginning of this month the Ministry, in consideration of the increasing number of foreign prisoners, hired 15 guards with foreign language abilities for Daejeon Prison and Cheonan Teenagers’ Prison.

Five speak Chinese, three speak Vietnamese, two each speak Russian, Spanish, or Mongolian, and one speaks Thai.

- Original article below -

Well this is certainly a head-scratcher:

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