All eight members of a new girl K-pop girl band, travelling for an album cover shoot in the United States, have been detained at Los Angeles airport on suspicion that they may possibly be sex workers, their agency says.
The eight member band, Oh My Girl, were held for 15 hours on Thursday before being released, soon after which they flew back to South Korea.
Their agency WM Entertainment released a statement saying the LA immigration authorities had gone via the band’s costumes and props.
“Then, possibly because of their young age, they appear to have mistaken them as sex workers,” the statement mentioned, without elaborating.
The agency stated it was taking legal suggestions in the United States as to no matter whether the band’s detention was lawful.
There may well also have been an concern with the sort of visa the band members have been holding, as they were also booked to carry out at a gala event in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Oh My Girl was only formed in March this year and released its debut single in April.
South Korea’s K-pop scene, which has been exported with massive good results across Asia and beyond, is dominated by young girl and boy bands whose members are sometimes as young as 13 or 14 years old.
In 2012, the South Korean authorities took methods to curb over-sexualised performances, threatening to slap R-ratings on films, music videos and Television shows that placed an exaggerated sexual emphasis on young singers and bands they feature.
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