According to Jeju Island district police Thursday, two teenage girls and three teenage boys were arrested on charges of extorting money from men who sought to buy sex from the girls.
The girls reportedly got in touch with middle-aged men seeking sex via a mobile chat app and asked them to come to a hotel room. Upon arriving at the room, the potential sex buyers were allegedly threatened by the girls and their accomplices on being reported to police for underage prostitution. The adult men were also allegedly kicked and punched by the teenage suspects. No actual sexual contact is believed to have occurred.
The suspects reportedly obtained 38.7 million won ($34,100) from six men from Oct. 4 to 9.
The teenaged suspects were caught when one of the six victims reported them to police. Police are investigating the suspects for further crimes that may have been committed.
No comment was issued concerning the possible investigation of the six blackmail victims on previous or other crimes.