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January 21, 2004

EFL Teachers Fall Prey to Human Traffickers

The latest issue of EL Gazette has a story about EFL teachers caught up in human trafficking in South Korea. The case came to light when New Zealander Alex Wyer, 26, was discovered unconscious on the street, wearing nothing but a g-string, after a fire at the gay club where he had been held against his will. Wyer was one of four men who answered an ad and had interviews in London. The four, including one from Spain and two from Italy, came to Korea ostensibly to teach Russian college students, only to find themselves forced to work as go-go dancers and escorts in the club, which catered for foreigners only. They had their passports destroyed, and were beaten and imprisoned in the club. Wyer said, "I know that people think that something like this could never happen to them. I can't even believe that this happened to me... I just want to be able to walk down the street like a human being again."
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