06/01/2020, 15.37
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Teen sex seen as 'subversive' in North Korea

For the regime, sex among teens is the result of decadent capitalist influence. Parents and teachers could be punished if they do not control their children and students. Without sex education, young North Koreans know sex only through smuggled porn.

Pyongyang (AsiaNews/Agencies) – North Korea has launched a campaign against sex among the country’s teenagers, claiming that underage sex is subversive and the result of decadent capitalist influence.

To enforce the ban, seen by many as a tool to preserve the foundations of country and society, the authorities are threatening to punish parents and teachers who fail to control their children and students.

As a further measure of prevention, the Central Committee of the Workers 'Party of Korea, which has ruled the country since the end of World War II, has ordered its youth organisation to inspect schools and check students' smartphones.

In North Korea’s conservative society, sexual relations between young people are deemed impure and immoral. Sex education is banned in schools, and many young people approach sex through porn from Japan, South Korea and the US smuggled across the border with China.

Young North Korean exiles have reported that under the regime’s repressive sex policy, teens are often told that holding hands is enough to get pregnant.

Several observers note that the lack of sex education in North Korea means that young people reach sexual maturity with little knowledge about their own sexuality, and this increases the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

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