August 31, 2006

South Korea bars sex expo lingerie models

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean sex trade show promised
foreign women in steamy underwear, striptease acts and sex
seminars but had to cancel the performances after losing its
lingerie models to immigration laws, organizers said on

The 2006 Seoul Sex Education Expo, dubbed Sexpo, opened on
Thursday, however, with plenty of sex toys, lotions and
audiovisual material.

"Immigration officials warned us if the models performed
without having obtained the appropriate visa, they could be
subject to deportation," a Sexpo official said.

An immigration official said models from places such as
Australia were planning to enter the country on tourist visas,
but they needed performance visas.

The event, which runs through Sunday, had been heavily

Several male visitors were angry about seeing so many
inflatable plastic women on display and no real ones.

"I came here for a show and all I have is this leaflet
about sex toys. What's going on here?" said one man in his
mid-60s who asked not to be identified.

Sexpo has been held in other parts of Asia but civic groups
in South Korea had pressed authorities to close the show on the
grounds that it was offensive.

South Korea, however, already has a large and vibrant sex