Juicy girl

A Juicy girl is a woman, typically between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, who works in a go-go bar or "Juicy Bar" in South Korea, or within the radius of most U.S. military bases in eastern Asia, and is employed to sit and chat with male/female customers and persuade them to continue to buy alcohol for themselves, and expensive juice drinks that ranges from $20- $60 for the girls. Depending on the individual bar, there is usually an area more secluded where other "services" may be performed but not to the extent of having sexual intercourse. They are so-called as patrons pay for their time by purchasing drinks of juice for them. The women are typically from South Korea and other Asian countries, and it is believed that many of them are part of human trafficking networks, and held against their will. It is common for new girls at a particular establishment to live in the same apartment, allowing the bar owner to keep close track of their movements. Their passports/ID cards commonly are taken from them until the end of their contract or when they are able to resign from their position.

Social and economic issues

Generally speaking, a juicy girl is a woman who works in a bar that receives money from customers to sit with in the form of a drink. Depending on the bar this could be no more than mango juice and ice or a watered-down alcoholic drink. Some bars will allow the customer to choose a drink for the girl. A favorite scam of the bar/girl is to have the customer purchase a watered-down shot of tequila or other type of hard drink. The cost of this drink varies from country to country. In South Korea, the price is generally $10 for 15 minutes of the girl's time. This time is generally like a date in that the girl sits with the customer, asks questions about his life and pretends to be generally interested. A lot of times these girls are memorizing everything the customer says. This is what they use to get the customers to continue coming back, creating clientele. If the customer thinks that the girl genuinely cares for him, he will continue to come see her and purchase more drinks. "Mamas" or "mama-sans" are the drink pushers, so to speak, so that the customer does not feel pressure from the girl. The whole thing is a simple psychological game, much like the "good cop, bad cop". The girl tells the customer that she needs to get drinks in order to stay in good standing with the bar owners. Many of them will tell stories of their struggles at home to gain sympathy from the customer. Some of the stories are true, while others are just stories to gain the sympathy of the customer. When you consider that most Filipino's/Filipina's average salary in the Philippines is mere $200 a month, $600-$1,000 a month is quite entriguing to do this kind of business.

"Juicy girls" are sometimes associated with prostitution, and the practice of a bar fine is not uncommon: a patron can pay the bar owner some amount of money, usually in the range of hundreds of U.S. dollars, which technically is conpensation for the girl to take the rest of the evening off. This is also known as "buying her day off," as the women work seven days a week. Common belief is that customers assume they are paying for the woman's company, similar to an escort service. However, it is usually presumed by all parties involved, though not mentioned conversationally, that sexual services are being purchased. However, women may choose to not engage in sex, as some just want to get away from the bar.

Bar owners traffic young women from usually working class farm areas. Usually, these women are desperate, having had unsuccessful marriages in the Philippines. With no hope of divorce (illegal in the Philippines), abandoned by their husbands, and with kids to feed, they are forced into this kind of business. Most of these women have recently come from the Philippines. The women typically see spending a few months away from home and making some "easy money" exciting, and sign a contract with a bar owner. Most of these women are recruited by "managers". Women usually respond to advertisements of exciting work overseas making a lot of money, or are approached personally by a "manager" who recruits them. They are invited to an audtition, as many of them believe they are trying out to be a singer or some other type of entertainer overseas. If they pass the audition (usually if they are attractive, they'll pass), they are then sent overseas to work. Upon arrival, the management takes their passports form them, in violation of law. Without a passport, the woman is in danger of being arrested if she's out in public, and she also has no way to return to her own country. This practice is a control factor, and the woman becomes a hostage to the managers, who bring in high profits through the exploitation of their employees. Owners usually provide the minimum living conditions legally possible (food, suggestive clothing, and shelter), as well as transportation to and from the workplace only. A typical dwelling for a juicy girl is a sub-standard apartment with the entire "brothel" housed in one unit. The women are watched closely so that they cannot or will not escape, and in many cases, they're locked inside their quarters when not in the bar. A juicy girl's personal expenses must come from her commission. Her commission varies, depending on the bar. Commonly, it is around $2 a drink or a percentage of the bar fines. Most clubs have reverted from offering bar fines near military bases for fear they will be "off limits" to military personnel. It is also not uncommon for bar owners to overcharge or watered-down alcohol purchased by a customer.*

In the villages outside of many military bases in the Republic of Korea (South Korea), there are many clubs that offer the services of Juicy Girls, as exposed in a 2002 Fox News report. It must truly be thought of as a service, for many of them do not sleep with their clients and actually have boyfriends. The service they are delivering is the illusion of a young man going into a bar and buying a drink for the beautiful women across the bar. The young lady then comes and chats with him as long as the customer continues to buy drinks. They get to know each other, and may even give him a few casual kisses and a neck rub in a booth or designated area. The girls in this area work for one-year contracts, and they're mostly from the Philippines and Russia (although most of the Russians have been deported). They usually have a quota of 35 drinks a weekend or 200 a month, depending on the bar. They are paid a commission based on drinks purchased by their client, receiving one point per $10 purchase, with a drink costing $10, although this system varies by bar. Interviews with the girls in the ville showed that they made around an extra 35 dollars per month from their drinks and were actually punished for any tips they received during the night. Many of the girls are there to earn money for their families and will attempt to marry a U.S. serviceman. At this point, the soldier can either buy out the contract (usually around $4,000) or work through the local government and U.S. Military to get the young lady a new passport. The governments of Japan, South Korea, Russia, the United States, and the Philippines have established that the women can get a new passport for $200 instead of buying their original back from the bar owner. A lot of these women enter South Korea under false names and documents. However, many of the women are married in their home country and do not want to return to get new passports.

Establishments with juicy girls in South Korea are typically found near United States military installations, as (male) U.S. service members are the primary clientèle, though the solicitation of a prostitute is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Kal Gautum of Unicef has described the trafficking of women and children across Asia as "the largest slave trade in history". He says that the victims are usually teenage girls who end up working in sweat shops or brothels.

Personal issues

In the often-seen occasion that a male and female enter an intimate relationship (or the female pretends to be in love with him to make more money), the male must either continue to visit the bar to see her or pay continuous bar fines. In the event the party chooses to get married, it is in violation of the girl's contract and, if she's a foreigner, she must return to her country of origin when her contract expires. She may revisit the country as a tourist or the male must visit her home country, which places a huge economic burden on both parties.

Effective 1 October, 2005, new policies from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) allow service members to receive Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) even if their dependents are overseas with them on a non-command sponsored basis. This housing allowance relieves most of the economic burden for service members and often provides a huge economic incentive for service members to marry these bar girls. The benefits for the military member are the same regardless of the nationality of the civilian they marry.

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