In many foreign cities, the mayor has the power to appoint the chief of police. That’s to say, the mayor is responsible for the maintenance of public order. But in Korea, the police are under the jurisdiction of the central government. So, basically, Seoul City does not have any ‘police power’. However, we are doing our best to ensure the security of our citizens. Shall I give you an example?
Since the establishment of the Citizen Watchdog, Seoul City has closed or deleted a total of 1,408 websites or posts concerning Internet prostitution and reported to Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency nine website operators who were definitely involved in illegal actions such as advertising or arranging prostitution or posting pornography with their addresses being in Seoul.
These results were achieved by the activities of ‘e-Women’s Hope Protector’, a Citizens Watchdog composed of 555 housewives, university students, and other activists. They monitored illegal actions including the advertising or arranging of prostitution or the posting of pornography for eight months from last May to December and reported their findings to the police.
As such, they succeeded in conducting a policing action on the Internet despite having no official police power.
They protected citizens’ security on the Internet by exploiting the power of citizens and the strength of mutual cooperation. This year, we will strengthen these monitoring activities by further expanding the Citizens Watchdog and the Women’s Hope Protector, among other initiatives. Together with its citizens, Seoul City will do its best to create a safe and sound Internet environment for both women and adolescents.
Photos of the launch ceremony of the ‘e-Women’s Hope Protector’