Sometimes, in his off hours, Yie Eun-woong does a bit of investigative work.
He uses the Internet and other means to track personal data and home addresses of foreign English teachers across South Korea.
Then he follows them, often for weeks at a time, staking out their apartments, taking notes on their contacts and habits.
He wants to know whether they’re doing drugs or molesting children.
Yie, a slender 40-year-old who owns a temporary employment agency, says he is only attempting to weed out troublemakers who have no business teaching students in South Korea, or anywhere else.
The volunteer manager of a controversial group known as the Anti-English Spectrum, Yie investigates complaints by South Korean parents, often teaming up with authorities, and turns over information from his efforts for possible prosecution.
Outraged teachers groups call Yie an instigator and a stalker.
Yie waves off the criticism. “It’s not stalking, it’s following,” he said. “There’s no law against that.”
- Do we find / follow / stalk this guy ourselves?
- Do we call the cops if we see him peering into our trash or window?
- Do we see his face on the streets and jump him at the first chance?
- Do we ignore him as we would any other person on the streets?
- Do we photograph / videotape / document his efforts?
- Do we assist his efforts in rooting out the problem teachers?
From a perspective of Korean Criminal law, currently there is no general law on harassment or stalking thing. The respective laws have its own regulations on which behavior constitutes a certain crime is not.
So, in a legal standpoint, she may warn him to stop doing that kind of act or he’ll be in a danger of being charged in Korea. In this case send the warning letter in the name of Korean lawyer is strongly recommended. It is not hard to see, in Korea, people stop violating one’s legal right after receiving a lawyer’s warning letter and recognizing illegality of his or her behavior.
Chapter XXX – Crimes of IntimidationArticle 283 (Intimidation, Intimidation on Lineal Ascendant)(1) A person who intimidated another shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than three years, a fine of not more than five million won, detention or a minor fine Amended by Act No. 5057, Dec 29, 1995
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