A 60-year-old man was charged on March 22 for violating the Child Welfare Act after putting up an inappropriate banner near a girls' schools in Daegu, South Korea at least twice this month.
“Looking for a girl between the ages of 13 and 20 who is no longer interested in studying and instead wishes to devote themselves to a rough 60-year-old grandpa who lives alone, give birth to his child, take care of the family, and do household work. Please come through this vehicle," the sign read in Korean.
After the man's truck was initially reported, officers of the Daegu Seongseo Police Station first indicted him without detention on charges of violating the Outdoor Advertisement Act.
Upon his repeat offense, authorities then arrested him for violating the Child Welfare Act.
A man in Korea is on trial for posting a banner on his truck in front of a girls' school in Daegu stating that he was "seeking girls aged 13 and 20 who will sacrifice themselves and give birth to a child with rough and lonely granddaddy." pic.twitter.com/zwSmR0p3xJ— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) March 22, 2023
Based on the police investigation, the 60-year-old has schizophrenia, for which he receives hospital treatment.
"I just conveyed my desire to inherit the family, and I never demanded or forced a specific person," the man said during his arraignment.
His lawyer, meanwhile, pleaded for a settlement instead of the usual penalties: "It is a situation that requires treatment rather than criminal punishment.”
The 60-year-old man's trial will take place in April.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of South Korea released study on Thursday, March 23 revealing that more than half of the child sex offenders in Korea have only received probation as a penalty, and 39.5 percent received prison sentences.
According to data, 91.2 percent of the victims were women, with an average age of 14.1 years old. 25.6 percent of the victims were under the age of 13.