A mother of 2 sons has been pleading for help, asking for her case to be heard and her perpetrator brought to justice.
Lee Jung Hee, a woman in her 40s and the mother of two teenage sons has spoken up about her tragedy of her and her sons being forced into prostitution by her legal husband.
She originally posted about her story on Pann, seeking the help of netizens to spread her story and get it out on the news after her efforts to get to the media alone were blocked by her husband.
Many netizens have taken to the woman’s plight and shared the original Korean, as well as translated versions of her and her son’s posts explaining their story. They have also started to use #HelpLeeJungHee on Twitter to support the woman and her sons.
The following are translations of Lee Jung Hee and her youngest son’s posts on Pann.
Lee Jung Hee’s first post
I’d like to confess the story of my life, full of horror and frustration.
I am a filthy woman.
I am currently in my 40s and a mother of 2 teenage sons. My sons and I had been forced to prostitute ourselves ever since my sons were 5-6 years old.
It may sound unbelievable but I am being truthful and I’ve also been part of that organization. My own family (my mother, father and sister) and my husband have been sex partners for a long time.
What I mean by ‘partners’ is that they intake drugs and participate in sexual intercourse in groups. They also lure other people with stimulant or sleeping pills and use them as a source of money, and force their wives and kids in sexual intercourse.
To them, ‘raping’ or ‘prostitution’ is nothing like an act of guilt or disgust but merely a simple source of money.
My husband took me and my sons to various places and forced us in prostitution for 10 years. He had always been in charge of money but when he told me to, I took the money.
My husband has done every work using my name and my identity. He said he had to avoid any circumstances that he might get him caught, so he made all bankbooks or credit cards using my name.
He made me do everything that seemed dangerous and he was always prepared to put me in blame for anything that gets caught.
He never let us keep any money nor let us get away from him in any time or circumstances- he always kept us close, watched us and kept us in control.
He always drove my kids to school to drop them off and pick them up and never let them participate in any after-school activities or academies. They were never even allowed to play outside at a playground.
He only takes them outside when he tries to coax them. They get so happy just for being outside from being trapped inside all their lives. That’s when he takes photos of them being happy outside and fakes to other people as if our family is truly “happy”.
My husband raped me when I was 22 years old and I married him. Afterwards, he fed me sleeping pills and ordered me to prostitute.
Soon I found out that he already had a woman and a son but that was too late.
The only reason why he married me was to USE me and this all came easy because my own family and my husband had already been working in the same industry for a long time. They concluded that a marriage would bond them together and they were happy that it became a ‘family business’.
My husband and my own family were practically on the same side with same heart so I’ve never been able to report anything when I spent 20 years of my life getting beat up. On the day I opposed my sons joining prostitution, we were beat up to death.
My own family tells him to abuse me to make me come to my senses.
My sister and my mother favor him to a level that they see him as their husband so they often fight among themselves out of jealousy. My brother and my sister-in-law also joined in, so my mother’s home was a place for a group prostitution. My brother runs his own pub and lures various women and men in prostitution.
My husband brought hundreds of people everyday from all different places whether he knew them or not and those people also brought more and more people. They took drugs and had sex, just like pornography.
I can’t even remember the faces of people who visited once or twice.
On the days without customers, my husband personally taught my sons while having sex how to please and satisfy customers.
He fed us stimulants to make us have sex with each other and filmed it and used it to threaten us from escaping or reporting.
Seeing my own kids suffering, I was determined to kill my self.
My life was miserable without any reason to live so I pretty much gave up on my life.
I wasn’t even able to protect my own kids and I didn’t have a home to rely on. And my husband threatened to kill us if we ever escape by abusing me in front of my sons and scared them.
As I said, my husband never gave us any money nor let us get away from him in any situations, worrying that I’d escape.
I wasn’t scared to die but I had to keep my sons alive so I’d always been on lookout for an opportunity to escape this hell with my sons.
I did everything that my husband told me to do.
I went to where ever he ordered me to, drugged people, raped people, prostituted, sold my own children, doing anything to adulate him.
I did everything like a robot.
I do admit that I was one of them.
He told me that the day he releases the video of my sons and I in sexual intercourse, our lives will be over.
But I married him because I became pregnant when he raped me at a young age so I never really knew anything about the world. All I did in my life was staying beside him, getting beat up, being called stupid and doing prostitution.
My own family told him to be prepared for any time I betray them and gave him advices. My sister was the leader in that.
My sister and my husband stayed like a married couple and she separated him and I by humiliating me, so I was occasionally beat up for that.
I was terrified of my husband so I stayed quiet.
My sister once told me that if this business ever gets caught, she’d raise my kids so I should go to prison instead of her but I was too stupid to say no.
My children have been raped by around 300 people and for me it has been around 1000 people in the 20 years of our marriage.
My husband said “it’s my kids that I created so who is to say anything about what I do!” “We have to use them as much as we could when they’re young to earn money!”
I couldn’t let my sons live next to this disgusting monster.
And one day I was given an opportunity.
He told me to fake our divorce.
He told me to take my kids outside and sue around 10 people that raped us and that way he can rip some money off them. Once we sue 10 people, he told us to sue him so that people would believe what we say. Then he’d somehow bribe people to prove his innocence.
He had always used money to get away from any suspicion or blame.
He said a ‘sham divorce’ would successfully deceive others so that’s why we should pretend as if I’m running away in the middle of a divorce suit.
This was an opportunity from God.
So we left the house like we promised and also ordered a divorce suit.
I didn’t sue anyone else because all we wanted to do was hide from these people and live in a small town.
However nothing went the way I wanted.
He realized that I was avoiding him so later he legally requested to hand my sons over to him in a divorce suit.
When my sons found out, they were terrified saying that they never want to go back to that place and that they’d rather die than getting raped again.
So I was determined to not be swayed by his decisions so I sue him.
Finally in 2014 I reported my husband.
I reported him to the police but my sons and I were never even properly investigated, but we were treated as sinners and madmen while my husband was sheltered.
My underage sons were left in a dark room and didn’t even let me me see them. They just told them to answer questions that they were asking with a firm face.
My sons were already suffering from repulsion and fear of men from multiple rape, but they were investigated under suppression. And I was also treated as if I was insane and the investigation soon came to an end.
I trusted the police and I was determined.
So we even held a “press interview” with my children to urge the investigation against my husband.
And we even appeared in a program and news that people commonly know.
We were interviewed by various shows but all we were told was to wait and we were only given a news that my husband was stopping the show from airing.
Later, my own family joined in as a witness on my husband’s side saying that their son in law was innocent and I was the one that was insane.
So the police dropped the case.
How can this happen?
I wanted to hang myself in front of the police to reveal the truth. But NO ONE listened to us. Not even now.
Afterwards, my kids and I decided to report those who constantly visited and raped us. We already reported around 30 people all over the country. We can’t remember those who only came once or twice so we’re planning to report those 50-100 people who constantly came by.
Even now when we are investigated, we are treated like dirt.
To them we’re always sinners and they see us as if were bugs.
They don’t listen to anything that the kids or I say as if we’re lying and unitarily ignore me when I say anything. They refuse to properly continue the investigation.
When we request for a confrontation investigation, they simply say no and don’t even let us meet him. And they say everyone that we’ve reported so far all are given “truth” from the lie detector.
How is it possible that all those 30 people that we reported are given “truth” ?
So are they implying that what WE say is a lie?
The police refuses anything that we request and so they just put those people that raped us as acquitted.
If they’re truly innocent, who was my son, that has been hospitalized since 2014 to 2015 June, raped and abused by?
My elder son suffers from “post traumatic stress disorder” and “sexual assault” and it appears to be difficult for him to fully recover.
I fully admit my mistakes and sins.
I was part of that organization and I am responsible for not having my kids get out of that group and reporting this matter so late. So I will take any punishment.
But I just wish to reveal the truth of my kids who had been suppressed and raped since young.
I have no power, money, ability or anyone to ask for help.
All I know how to do is sell my body or die.
If we can’t reveal the truth… my kids will live in distrust and trauma and maybe make a bigger mistake than their father in the future.
The group that I stayed in is like an organization and a big business, with various places for prostitution nationwide.
Even now, they are doing prostitution and extorting money from kids to adults.
The people involved in this sexual assault have diverse occupations so they are able to protect their secret from leaking.
They’re are some innocent people who were threatened to stay in the group from being fooled with stimulant/sleeping pills in coffee, but there are also others who are addicted to this business and enjoy this. This is how the secret is maintained.
That is why all those times that he has been caught, he gets help from the officials and police to put the blame on other people and escape suspicion.
Although we’ve only reported around 30 people by far, we will continue to fight the police to reveal the truth.
That’s all I can do for my kids as a mother and I would be happy to die in the hands of my sons when they grow up and become independent.
Please help me reveal the truth…
Lee Jung Hee’s second post
Because my sons have met an awful mother, they are dying right now. My name is Lee Junghee. I want to save my sons, even if it is late. Because of the rape that they had been exposed to and had to suffer through for over 10 years, my older son has been admitted to a hospital and my younger son cannot attend school and cannot even get proper treatment. For not having escaped earlier with my sons, it is all this mother’s fault.
My husband who fled abroad to me naturally was able to get to me with the title of being a church oppa (an oppa from church), and eventually raped me. Afterwards in the span of about three months, my family and my husband’s family arranged our engagement and marriage, and followed my husband to America.
However, I found out later that my husband had a woman and a child already.
My husband had married me with the intention of using me, and the disgusting parts started then. My husband gave me sleeping pills and practiced prostitution and sex trafficking in his home. Whether it was a homesick Korean studying abroad, a white person, a black person, or a Japanese person didn’t matter to him, and my husband accepted all customers. He also did this while driving around a camping car. Up until now, must be about 1000 people (that have assualted me) in my past 20 years of marriage.
My husband ordered me not to have children. Three years passed like that, in which my husband raped me and beat me to tame me to obey him. I did not even realize I had put people into prostitution (t/n: this was a bit ambiguous) until after three years, when I had my oldest son. I lived constantly in horror of my husband, getting beat for unreasonable things and only managing to drag myself across the floor. I got beat because according to him, the food was too hot, the food wasn’t good enough, my way of talking was ungrateful, I talked back, and because of this I was intimidated and lived as his slave in America. When he told me a black person or a Mexican person was going to come capture me so stay inside of his van, I believed him and stayed inside of the car for ten hours just waiting.
I couldn’t speak English and had become such a tamed idiot for my husband that I didn’t even think of reporting him. My husband did not get into sex trafficking for money. That was his original occupation, and he has been doing it since a long time ago.
He took the job of a “pastor” so that others could trust him and his exterior, then drugged the church people and got them addicted to drugs so that they could come to his side. No one trusted me and rather trusted my husband, who acted as if he would donate a lung as a pastor, more, causing me to be unable to say anything to anyone more and more. My family members definitely knew that I got beat by my husband and they, like my mom and my sister, actually encouraged him to do it more in order to tame me. Because of this, I felt there was no place for me to live. What’s even more baffling is that my husband and my family members were concerned that there secret would get out and prepared documents to send me to a mental hospital in case I acted out or rebelled. Although I was no different from an orphan, I did not act out and gave my husband and my family peace of mind in order to protect my children. So naturally, I did not rebel. However, I snuck out once with an excuse and went to a hospital to get a confirmation that I was mentally healthy.
However, I could not continue to see my children be used and finally escaped.. Like this, we are finally getting to know the world. My children were always gloomy, were sad, avoided people, and had to come home immediately after school. If there were no customers, my husband taught my sons the way to attract customers, and that was the kind of crazy, sturdy family business he wanted. My children and I were assaulted also by my father-in-law, who was a pastor, and seeing him and his son, my husband, also a pastor, made me feel that this was too unfair, that I tried to reach out and show the world. Last year I held a press conference with my children and also went on a news show that all of you know. I didn’t care if they showed my face or if they did not put a mosaic over my face. I also had an interview at 그것이 알고싶다 (The Its Know/I Want to Know That) had interviews from other broadcast stations, and have been told to wait for interviewers to contact me but have been left without contact or any news before. I tried to contact all broadcast stations regardless of whether they were big or small, but my husband from the other side gave pressure and I was in a position where I could not go on broadcast. All the articles that were on the internet one day all went down in unison. The other side made it sound as if I had made everything up and was jumping around crazily. If it was not the truth, how could I, with so much fear, sue over thirty people? My parents, sister, brother-in-law, nephews, brother, sister-in-law, and my sister-in-law’s family; I have sued them all. Even from now, I will continue to sue everyone that has harmed my children
While living with my husband, he has threatened that he would kill my children if I let his secret out, and even beat my sons in front of my eyes. When my older son was six years old, my husband beat him until his front two incisors broke off and kept bleeding, causing him to pass out.. In order to make sure I did not interfere, my husband sometimes took my children to a separate room, locked the door, and beat them. I was scared that my children would die and did everything he told me to. I was idiotic and foolish. That my children lived day by day without getting beat or without dying was what I taught was keeping them alive.
We are having a hard time living right now and no one is helping us, but we are happier now, suing the people that have raped us. We are only suing those that have continuously raped us for about seven to ten years. I have no plan to sue those that have only come once or twice. There are a lot of strangers that have come but if I see their faces I would be able to recognize them. Those strangers were not forced to do anything and actually enjoy the acts they commit, meeting in secret so that no one is able to find them out. That is how their secrets are kept. If they meet someone that they had assaulted, they threaten them with a video they took of the act of the assault/rape, but I can threaten them back with the fact that they raped my children. Because there are a lot of people that they (the strangers/rapists/etc.) are connected to, even if they were suspected in the paste two, five years, they were able to wipe out all records from computers, move, and avoid a sentence.
Because we were my husband’s family, when other’s from the business looked at us, they taught we were a strong family business and had not worries of us. Even when they took us and shared us they didn’t think that what they were doing was wrong and merely taught that they were simply making money and simple working. “They’re already his kids so what’s the matter! They’re just learning early.” “They’ll have to do this when they grow up anyways, what’s the matter with using them early!” This was their logic, and the members all said the same things.
I got to know the world after running away. At the time, I thought there was a ground and there was a sky. I thought that all women were trapped by their husbands and that everyone had to pretend to be happy while living. No one lives like me and the world is not such a dark place. I realized the world was becoming more transparent and for the first time realized that there were more that lived morally than those that did bad things. That’s why I gathered my courage. Because it is not false, I knew that the truth would be revealed.
However, all the police are saying the same thing repeatedly together as if they are robots. They say that they will reveal the truth at first but only soon after say that I should close the case quickly, say that I should stop suing, dismiss me, saying that they don’t understand why I am doing this.
That is why I am still appealing now. I begged that I was a sinful woman and that I was unable to protect my children. I even knelt before the police. I asked them to please just reveal the truths of my children. However, as if they were laughing at me, the police told me, “Since it doesn’t seem like we’re communicating, I have nothing left to say to you!!” and dismissed himself. No matter where we go they neglect us more than the bugs and scream at my children, “You stay still!,” “Only talk when I ask you a question!” They treat us like we are criminals no matter where we go. It is late for my children, but I want to give them freedom. I am so ignorant and there’s nothing that I know and I have no power. In order to reveal the my children’s truths.. Please help me, everyone..
Lee Jung Hee’s second son’s first post
Hello, I am my mother’s son. I do not have my own ID (for Nate) so I am using my mother’s. It is true that I have been raped.
Ever since i was 5, I was raped by my father, but that is not all, as I have also been raped by strangers he brought home.
We have been raped by doctors, pastors, and more by the people in Busan. I have been raped by over 300 people and have attempted to sue over 30 people.
My grandfather from my dad’s side, my grandmother from my mom’s side, my grandmother from my dad’s side, my mom’s sister, my mom’s brother, and my mom’s sister’s son have all raped me/ participated in my getting raped.
My father has sold us.
My father and grandfather are pastors. After having us be raped, my father accepted money from those that raped us, but never let us have any money in fear that we would run away. I have been unable to say anything until now because my father has threatened me.
Even now my father is looking for us, but we are revealing this because we do not want to return to him. We have been trying to reveal my father’s crimes since the past September, but rather than helping us, the police actually did not listen to us and threatened us, making me upset and giving me a hard time.
I am writing this now because I want the truth about my father to be released. Our father attempted once to have us put in a mental hospital, but was unable to because we have fled.
I am my father’s successor. I was scared so I did everything he told me to and wanted me to do. We have been on television before and my mom has given interviews, but they refuse to broadcast us (It is not given who “they” are specifically).
My brother has been admitted to a mental hospital because of the shock of being raped by my father. Always before raping us, our father gave us drugs (drugs that made them feel more sexually active, etc.) and gave my mother sleeping pills.
My father told me to feed other people the drugs and medicines, so I did. When my dad gave my mom sleeping pills, he ordered me and my brother to rape her in her sleep. He also brought other people in to rape her.
We have talked to reporters. The people we have met and the police do not believe us. Rather, they think that my father is pitiful. Even now, my father is looking for us, but we will fight until the end. That is why I am revealing all of this.
I am 13.
Lee Jung Hee’s second son’s second post
Hello, I am a thirteen year old kid that wants freedom.
Starting from when I was five, I was raped by my father for eight years. After leaving America, while living in Korea, I lived in Seoul Godeok-dong, Gangdong-gu 573-1* and was raped by my father, grandfather, and other strangers they brought home. Also, I got raped at Gangdong-gu Cheonhodong riverside, Galaxy Apartments 202 East 11th floor* by many strangers that my father brought home. We moved to Busan 399-18 gijanggun Yongcheonri* and there were no one around us so it was gloomy.
When we moved to Busan, my father was a father there at a church. However, the church’s head pastor and his wife and their son and his family often came to our house to rape us. This pastor (the head pastor) also brought a lot of people to rape us. The Busan pastor had three medical hospitals. I even know the pastor’s genital features, but the investigators do not believe our word and only believes my father’s words. These people also have not done things because they were forced to, but chose to do it themselves because they wanted to. My father brought home people and told them to rape us after giving us stimulant drugs, after which the people would rape us for about two to three hours. My father accepted money from them.
When my father didn’t bring anyone home, he would rape me and teach me. He taught me ways to to do it so that girls would like it. He also taught my brother and I how to masturbate. Because of this, when I was five years old, I masturbated in front of my classmate peers without embarrassment or shame. I masturbated everyday since. We never wanted to be raped, but we were forced to be. If we said we didn’t want to, we would get beat. Because of this, I was very very scared and ate the drugs I was given. Once, when I was young, my mother and father got into a fight. My father through the kitchen table at my mother and made her forehead bleed, but did not let her go to the hospital. She had to get ten shots after. This was not only one incident, as when my brother was around five or six, my father beat him until his incisors broke out and he bled a lot. He told me it was gruesome. My brother got beat by my father a lot and fears him greatly. My father also looked for me and beat me and cursed at me. My father not only sexually assaulted us, but assaulted us a lot too. My father took my brother and me into the bathroom in the dark for an hour before and beat us because he said that we didn’t listen to him. My father also taught us how to steal and always only talked about tricking people.
I did not have even freedom. I could not go where I wanted to or eat what I wanted to, and I was in fifth grade I was too skinny. He did not even buy us a 30 cent drink, but he used things like this to use us. He would purposely starve us and then tell us he would buy us snacks or take us somewhere but then tell us to do our sexual intercourse well. Whenhe tried to use us, he would take us camping or on a trip and then take pictures whenever we laughed to show others that we were a happy family. As soon as school was over, I had to immediately get in the car my father was waiting in outside of the school gates, and I wasn’t allowed to stay after school to play for even five minutes. We couldn’t just walk to the car though because he would always scream at us to walk faster, so we had to run. And then we were sexually assaulted at home. My father was someone that was only angry and beat us and sexually assaulted us. Please do not trust our father.
Our father did not even teach us Korean. I came to Korea from America when I was four and was enrolled in an international school so that I could not speak Korean, and my father had a reason for all of that. He intentionally sent me to a foreigner’s school so that I could not learn Korean and communicate to others about the sexual harassment I received. My father also always told me not to tell anyone about the sexual assaults and threatened that I would die if I told anyone, so my school could not help me. I could not say one thing. My father tried not to send us to school and also told us not to go. He also took away our passports.
My father brought a lot of other people to our house to rape us and get paid, but also drugged us and filmed us having sexual intercourse (I assume the “us” is him and his brother) and got money from that also.
My father tried to put all the sins he committed in my mom’s name and told us to do the same, so he gave us drugs and ordered me, my mom, and my brother to all have sex with each other. I could not say that I did not want to, so I did. When we had intercourse, my father filmed everything and went around saying that my mother was the one at fault.
I was my father’s successor. I did everything my father told me to because I feared him, and he told me that we would live together and abandon my mother and brother, but he was lying to me also. Before my father had married my mom, he already had a woman and they even had a son. I saw this myself. He tried to abandon us to go live with them. He was manipulating us. My father told me that we should use my future wife also when I grew up for sexual harassment. My mother, my brother, and I lived by escaping and running away, but when we reported our experiences of rape and sexual assault with the police in Seoul, they threatened us as if we were the criminals and did not even make an investigation. I am greatly saddened. We went on press conferences, broadcast channels, and even news, but still no one is helping us. I cannot even go to school right now even though I want to, and I am saddened because I do not have any friends. I could not attend school for a year. This is because my father is out looking for us. If he finds us, because we revealed his secrets, he will kill us.
I am very envious when I see kids go to school every morning. During that time, I go to investigations. It has been a year since I have not been to school. I beg you help us get the truth revealed. We want freedom so very much. My brother, because of the shock of getting raped by my father, is in a hospital and is hurting a lot. Even now we are running away from our father.
Please believe us.
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