A Safe Community
[Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 182]
A place where women can stroll around late at night can be considered a safe community. In that respect, Seoul can hardly be called a safe community. Therefore, we at Seoul Metropolitan Government adopted the service of escorting women home safe under the slogan “a city where women are safe.”
On May 27, a ceremony was held to launch a team of 495 escorts assigned to get women home safe. They will start performing the duty in June in 15 districts, including Jongno-gu and Jung-gu, on a trial basis.
Women who need the escorts’ help should call the Seoul Call Center, Dasan 120 or the district office situation room at least 30 minutes before their arrival at the subway station or bus stop close to their home. The service will be provided between 10:00 PM and 1:00 AM on weekdays. A two-person scout team will get the women home safe on foot or on a car.
The women will be informed of the personal names of the scouts, who will wear Seoul Metropolitan Government-provided yellow vest and cap. Scouts will present their ID card upon meeting the woman at the subway station or bus stop and carry a light baton and a whistle.
Women make up 70 percent of the escorts (i.e., 350), 56 percent of whom are in their 40s and 50s. They will perform the duty until the end of November, working for three hours a day, five days a week. Their monthly pay totals 620,000 won. They will also make rounds in their neighborhood, particularly in back alleys. In short, they will work part-time to fill the loopholes in the safety network.