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    Did you know...

    ...that in South Korea, apparently, you have to be blind become a legally licenced masseuse?

    SEOUL - South Korea's Constitutional Court has rejected for the fourth time an appeal challenging a controversial century-old law that restricts the awarding of massage licences to the visually impaired, reported Yonhap news agency on Tuesday (Jan 2).

    The Constitutional Court ruled that professional massage services should be the preserve of the blind as they have fewer job options.

    The ruling marked the fourth time that the court has rejected an appeal challenging the medical law that allows only visually impaired people to win massage licences and open massage shops, and calls for up to five years in prison or 50 million won (S$62,500) in fines for anyone who violates the law.

    In the latest case, a massage shop owner filed the petition after being charged with offering massage services without a licence in 2015, arguing that the current law infringes on the occupational freedom of people who are not blind.

    But the Constitutional Court rejected the claim, reported Yonhap.

    "The massage business is virtually the only occupation that visually impaired people can normally enjoy," the court said in the ruling, adding that the current system "is an unavoidable choice aimed at guaranteeing the visually impaired people's right to survival".

    The court also said that those who are not blind should continue to be banned from opening massage shops because allowing them to open such shops can result in poor conditions for the blind.

    The court has delivered similar verdicts in 2008 and 2013 in a string of challenges to a law that was first introduced in Korea by Japanese colonialists in 1913.

    South Korea's Health Ministry said recently that there are only 1,300 legal massage parlours hiring 9,742 licensed blind masseuses in the country.

    But they make up only a small percentage of the total population of masseuses, as illegal massage parlours, many hiring from China and Thailand, dominate the market.
    South Korea's Constitutional Court defends law offering massage licences only to blind people, East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

    Interesting...
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    Reminds me of an old Giallo:

    https://youtu.be/717h6huOyDU

    The killer was a masseuse to aristocratic women and he was hired because he was blind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues63 View Post
    Reminds me of an old Giallo:

    https://youtu.be/717h6huOyDU

    The killer was a masseuse to aristocratic women and he was hired because he was blind.
    Makes sense lol

    Honestly, blind people can do amazing things...

    There is a legend, in Russia and Ukraine, about a guy, a Varyag (ancient Russian Viking) named Yakun

    Dude was, by some sources, totally blind since birth, which is why he was known as Yakun Slepoi (Yakun the Blind).

    Yet this did not stop him from becoming a highly skilled warrior, and head bodyguard to Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise, who ruled Rostov, Kiev and Novgorod between 978 and 1019

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    Oddly enough I’ve had a massage in South Korea. I went to a sports massage guy twice but it hurt so much I stopped going. He didn’t seem blind.

    And I did see all the signs for “erotic soap massages”, there must have been 5 places in my suburb alone. I doubt very much the all female staff were blind.
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