Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thousands of sex offenders roam free as arrest rate falls: South Korea (and likely everywhere else)

The authorities failed to arrest the suspects in more than 9,000 cases of sexual assault between 2007 and 2011, data showed Wednesday.

According to National Police Agency data, 81,860 sex crimes including rape were investigated during the five-year period.

However, law enforcement authorities failed to arrest the attacker in 9,189 or 11.2 percent of the cases.

Observers point out that with the majority of sexual assaults having been committed by a single attacker, there may be more than 9,000 sex offenders free in the population.

Of the 16,404 sexual assault cases that led to an arrest last year, 15,618 cases were committed by a single attacker.

The data also showed that both the number of sexual assault cases and the proportion of unresolved cases have increased significantly from 2007 to 2011.

In 2007, 13,396 cases of sexual assault were investigated, and 90.5 percent of the cases resulted in the arrest of the suspect.

In 2011, however, 19,498 cases were investigated but the arrest rate fell to 84.1 percent.

The number of cases involving minors increased at a much higher rate over the same period.

In 2007, 857 sexual assault cases involving minors were investigated. Of the total, 46 or about 5.3 percent of the cases did not result in an arrest.

In comparison, 2,054 cases of sexual assault against minors were reported in 2011, of which 139 cases remain unresolved. more

Thoughts: *Wooshing sound of a rapidly descending butcher's knife*