First things first. If anyone asks you for 키알 or 섹알 in an online forum / chatting app, please get out immediately and block the person.
Been reading quite a few disturbing news in Korea these days. Just today, there is an article published by Chosun Ilbo (original Korean article here) that talks about the kinds of ‘알바’ (part time jobs) that middle school and even elementary school students get into these days. Try searching for 초등학생 알바 / 중학생 알바 on major online portal sites and you will get many search results on 카페 (‘cafes’ / groups) dedicated to the topic. Back in my days, no elementary school student (in Singapore) do part time jobs, and none will know how to use the internet to find those jobs. Scary how the internet and society has evolved. What happened to minimum age requirement to work???
It’s still not such a bad thing (although still questionable) if the part time jobs were legitimate. But the most common jobs posted / sought after were 키알 and 섹알. Which is a short form of 키스 알바 (Kissing part time job) and 섹알 .. yes you guessed it. Sex as a part time job. Postings such as 12녀/ 친구들이랑 놀러 가는데 돈 필요해요 ㅠㅠ 키알합니다 (12/female. I want to hang out with friends but I need money. I will do kissing part time job) were not uncommon. (taken from article). It’s scary how these youths can say such stuff with no particular feelings and everything feels so.. normalized.
The reporter also pretended to be a 12 yr old elementary girl and posted up similar stuff (leaving a kakao ID) and more than 50 people actually came and enquired!!!! Seriously, what has the world got to. With the easy access to smartphones for youths and also the increasing popularity of private messaging apps, such ‘transactions’ are made even easier. Of course, it is not to say that such apps are a bad invention, but I guess it makes monitoring even harder for the authorities.
Even though steps have been taken to enforce content filtering etc, people on the internet are an innovative bunch. 키알 is now shortened to ㅋㅇ. Seriously, there needs to be more measures to combat this.
Next time you are chatting with some unknown people on the internet, please be aware of these new slangs!
UPDATE. omfg why are people searching this to get to my blog -.- I hope… that they are looking for the news and not you know….
I’m not even kidding. Some guy just leave a comment on this blog post with his name and phone number asking for ……… o.O Okay I need to delete it..