Adultery is a complex subject. There are many reasons a man or woman goes outside of their marriages for the love of another. Either way, it is a tough pill to swallow for the husband or wife that has been cheated on. The nation of South Korea saw the act of adultery as such an egregious act that it was outlawed. Married cheaters faced time in jail for doing it. Such was the case for actress Ok So Ri after she admitted cheating on her husband publicly. She faced two years in prison, but received a suspended eight-month term. For years, South Koreans have tried to get the powers that be to change its stance on adultery, but it wasn’t until last week that South Korea’s Constitutional Court decriminalized adultery.
It seems that many in South Korea are all for seeing somebody outside of their marriage as condom sales have soared. Undis Corp., a company that specializes in latex products and the nation’s leading condom distributor, experienced an 11 percent jump in the days after the ruling. Hyundai Pharmaceutical Co., a company that produces morning after pills also experienced a rise, seeing a 10 percent rise in the stock market.
Ha Tae Gi, an SK Securities analyst in Seoul, South Korea, said, “Certain themes can drive up share prices and it is probably a temporary rise. Shares have the tendency to spike on news events and this probably won’t keep rising over the long term.”
South Korea decided to decriminalize adultery because they found that the government has no business meddling in citizens’ sexual lives.