U.S. Troops Commit 1,676 Cases of Crimes This Year In South Korea
SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) -- The number of crimes committed by U.S. troops in South Korea so far this year has dropped 9 percent to 1,676 from a year earlier, the U.S. military said Monday.
The figure breaks down to 540 violent acts, 860 non-violent acts, 115 sex crimes and 161 DUI (Driving Under the Influence) offenses, the U.S. military said in a statement.
The violent acts include murder, assaults and robberies, while non-violent acts range from AWOL (absent without leave) to desertion and failure to obey curfew violations, it said.
The sex crimes include rape, sodomy, indecent assaults and indecent exposure and pornography, the military said.
About 9 percent of the total crimes were committed against South Korean nationals, it said.
Last year, U.S. troops in South Korea reported 1,833 cases of crimes -- 561 violent acts, 996 non-violent acts, 106 sex crimes and 170 DUI offenses.
About 34,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War. Crimes committed by U.S. GIs have been a major source of anti-American sentiments among South Koreans.
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