Quincy Blacks' Shadow

Category : Visa/Legal Issues/Tax / Education/Teaching / Others
Dec 31, 2014
Quincy Blacks' Shadow
The English expat community is very small in South Korea. However, it is usually a focal point for the natives who live here. They rely on learning English to advance in their jobs, get into the right school and function inside the rest of the world. Recently the capture of a man (Quincy, whom most expats are know about at this point) who was fleeing the country re-ignited conversation about a topic that started four years ago. The situation in South Korea for people of color is not good at best and when situations like this occur it has serious effects on the entire expat policy, ranging from hiring methods to screening.

Four years after fleeing the country, a 29-year-old American man was extradited back to South Korea. The reason for his initial departure was a result of the fact that he had filmed himself having sex with various Korean women, and subsequently uploaded the videos to a foreign porn site. The now notorious “Quincy Black” was an English teacher at an International Communication Center in Daejeon, where he taught pre-school and elementary students 20 hours a week. His relationship with his colleagues and students was good, and nobody suspected anything unusual about his personal life at all.

In October 2010 however, Quincy’s work received a report about his activities. The contents stated that Quincy, using the nickname “Quincy Black” had been filming adult videos with Korean women and edited versions of them had being circulated on the internet. After the close scrutiny and questioning by the center had concluded, they received a confession that at the end of August 2010, he had shot two adult videos with Korean women and uploaded them to the internet. His contract was then terminated, his offense was reported throughout the media and in October 2010, he fled to Armenia via China.

A short time after Quincy fled the country, his problems ignited. The internet was a hot-bed of activity, with many people assuming that he had created these videos for commercial use and according to local sources; he had actually uploaded the videos to porn websites outside of Korea. He had installed three cameras in his home and used a fourth camera when he was filming the videos, four cameras in total. A 26 minute long video titled “The Korean Lesson” and “My Korean Friend” was circulated on a foreign site shortly after.

In addition to the accusations, a more pertinent issue came to light. One of the two women feature in the videos was in actual fact, a 15 year old high school student. Quincy, using his nickname, met the high school student online. It has been reported that after they met he convinced her to go back to his place and after drinking, they filmed the adult video. He used online methods to attract a variety of women that were living locally in his area.

In another video, a 20 year old woman made an appearance, and after it was in circulation, the public started to focus on making her and the other victim’s personal details public. This caused further outcry, and despite deleting the videos, people continued to distribute screen captures via P2P. His former residency and place of employment have received a severe blow.

Finally, in October last year, after remaining on Interpol’s wanted list for four years, Quincy was arrested by local police in Armenia. They managed to put a halt to his four years of flight. Last month on January 22nd the Ministry of Justice, in accordance with the European Convention of Extradition, brought Quincy back to South Korea. The Interpol Liaison Office announced that “within the Ministry of Justice when it comes to the extradition of child sex offenders it strongly reinforces the penalties for using children to create and distribute child pornography. The procedure for repatriation took only 100 days, even though typical cases can last anywhere from 1-2 years.”

Quincy’s speedy repatriation was due to the International Community’s position on “child pornography and extradition.” In 2011 South Korea applied and joined the pact of the European Convention on Extradition. This pact includes 47 European countries, Israel, and South Africa. Quincy’s national repatriation was pushed forward, but not directly between South Korea and Armenia. It was done by way of a third party (the United Arab Emirates) who provided a so-called “escort convoy.” The Ministry of justice said “this is the first case to get legal cooperation in arresting and extraditing a criminal under the terms of the European Convention on Extradition.”

The Seoul Central Courts’ branch that specializes in dealing with female child offense has received the investigative department’s reports. Quincy’s charge of being under suspicion of child offenses can land him in jail for up to 7 years; he also faces a possible fine of 50,000,000 dollars. If he receives these punishments he will also be restricted from working with children and minors for a period of 10 years.

Needless to say a situation like sheds a poor light on the expat community. Talking to Koreans on an individual basis they seem to understand it was the actions of one man but this event has clearly impacted the way South Korean view English teachers and foreigners.

What impact do you think these events had on the expat community?