TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains graphic language about assault and violence.
A new report from Korean tv station MBC's investigative news program Straight, has claimed that several Gangnam nightclubs have operated human trafficking rings that involve the sexual assault of minors and drugged women, as well as torture that has been filmed.
The clubs named in the report including Club Arena and Burning Sun, the two nightclubs with which Seungri is associated as a shareholder and promoter.
In the new report, Straight has claimed that the clubs actively recruited minors, giving them plastic surgery then placing them in the club's prostitution ring, where VIPs could choose from them. Some VVIPs would commit their assaults in an offsite location that were set up for particularly violent rape involving torture.
According to the report, the clubs operated an 'incineration team' whose job it was to chemically clean these locations, namely of drugs and blood. The news team said they have seen footage of these rapes.
It's believed that police were bribed with money and sex to turn a blind eye to the operation, and that Gangnam police would often show up to the door of a club when a report was made, but not enter nor speak to anyone other than the club managers.
You can read a detailed summary of the report, as translated in the thread below.
Burning Sun was originally exposed earlier this year because a male patron saw an unconscious woman being dragged somewhere and reported it, but when the police arrived, they assaulted him rather than investigating.
Since the Straight report was aired in Korea, Burning Sun has become the top trending topic on Twitter there, with three hashtags dominating the conversation.
Seungri worked to distance himself from Burning Sun and Club Arena after the first accusations were made, but it has been revealed over the past months that he was an executive director of the club, a shareholder and invested 225 million won originally. Seungri has denied any knowledge of the inner workings of the nightclub.
Read about Burning Sun Gate in detail in our timeline.
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