What is a “Tenpro” Girl in South Korea?

A journal from Duke University’s East Asia studies department has an article published that describes South Korea’s “Tenpro” prostitution culture:

Tenpro (Koran for “ten percent”) are a special kind of sex worker conceptually defined and imagined as women who are intellectually and aesthetically in the top ten percentile of all women, similar in concept to a high-end escort of the United States. Because of the exclusivity and secrecy that surrounds these exceptionally beautiful tenpros, this glamorous business had been veiled from the eyes of the general public. Only recently, with the spread of this business practice and heightened interest in this topic, a few former tenpros like Mihee have released detailed first-hand accounts of their lives.

According to a research conducted by the Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, an average of 49 Korean men out of 100 are predicted to have had used some sort of sexual service, despite the fact that prostitution is illegal in Korea. Additionally,  research conducted by the Korean Women’s Development Institute indicates that prostitution amounts to approximately 1.6 percent of Korea’s GDP, or 13 billion US dollars. When we compare this figure to that of America’s, which is currently estimated to be 14 billion dollars, or less than 0.1 percent of its GDP, we see that an average Korean man spends 16 times more than their American counterparts on sexual services.   [Duke East Asia Nexux]

You can read the rest at the link, but the article concludes by stating that high end prostitution services in Korea is so popular because it is a status symbol for the well off to flaunt their wealth to their peers by affording “Tenpro” girls.



I am a US military veteran that has served all over the world to include in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. I have been blogging about Korea, Northeast Asia, and the US military for over 10 years.


  1. The article by Duke appears to suggest it should be socially acceptable for young girls to prostitute themselves because they need the money for education, or any other reason.

    Compare and contrast that with the life story of the two women arrested for murdering Kim Jong Un’s brother.

    That attitude by Duke is violently different than the Lacrosse scandal. And violently different from what is being pushed by the neo-Puritans attacking Trump, Moore, Clinton, Weinstein, and Franken (among many others).

    Until our “culture” drops this multiple personality disorder, there are going to be a lot of unfortunate women selling their birthright for a bowl of beans. When they’re in their mid-thirties they’ll be wishing for a future as bright as Songtan Sally’s (at least she’s “famous”)…

  2. I know an actual tenpro girl.

    She lives in a cheap one-room aparment and is saving everything she makes, less business expenses like really nice clothes.

    She is sliding into 35 in a couple of years and worried sick about her next step in life.

    She is in the top 10% in looks and smarts.

    …and in the top 10% of crazy… though it is a functional crazy.

    I am considering opening an entertainment business of some sort with her next year as she is currently winding down her obligations.

    I believe with my management, she can he a good daily manager. Further, she has lots of cash… so she will have skin in the game.

    I’m thinking a bikini bar or juicy bar for the Korean market… within the law, of course.

    Any suggestions?

  3. Well, Chickenbeheaded, you have a leg up on the competition since you already have a background running bars.

  4. “Well, Chickenbeheaded, you have a leg up on the competition since you already have a background running bars.”

    That is true.

    In fact, people come to me for advice on opening bars…

    …a dying occupation in a world of Tinder, Grindr, free pr0n, drugs, video games, the facebooks, and sub-standard entitled bitches polluting the bar scene.

    But, if asked I share a lot of advice.

    I will share some with you, based on my observations of repeated failure.

    1. Don’t lie to yourself.

    2. The calculator is your best partner.

    3. Don’t get high on your own supply.

    Follow these rules, and you have a better chance of succeeding.

    I bet these rules apply pretty well to much of the rest of life.

    Bonus: I actually met my tenpro girl tonight. She is so great. But something is wrong with her on an empathy/socialization level… so attraction is only an illusion. Anything closer than arm’s length emotionally would be a disaster,

    Understand that going in… and reduce the risk of failure.

    If you need any more life coaching Tbonety1r, I am here for you.

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