BUSAN, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — In the red light district in Busan’s Buk District, one can easily run into piles of flyers for prostitution in the streets.
Sex establishments, money lenders, and other businesses hire bikers, drivers, and personnel to scatter massive amounts of flyers in the streets every day, making it difficult for enforcement authorities to crack down on such practices despite constant complaints from residents.
To address the situation, Buk District declared war on illegal flyers on Tuesday, using a new ‘phone bombing’ strategy.
The strategy involves making automatic calls to the number shown on the illegal flyers every 20 minutes that include information on fines for violating advertisement regulations and legal procedures to register an advertisement.
For sex establishments that ignore the primary calls and continue to scatter the flyers, secondary calls will be made every 10 minutes.
Establishments that fail to adhere to the regulations even after the secondary calls will be ‘phone bombed’ with calls every 3 seconds to 5 minutes.
Buk District is expected to launch the program in April after the plan passes the district council.
A similar initiative achieved meaningful success in Suwon in 2017, with the volume of illegal flyers reduced by as much as 74 percent after the program was implemented.
Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)