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S. Korea's antitrust watchdog bans sexualizing underage singers
SEOUL, June 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's antitrust watchdog said Friday that it has come up with new guidelines that would prevent production companies from dressing teen stars in revealing clothes and forcing them to do sexually suggestive dance moves.

   The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) revised standard contract terms between music production companies and singers to better protect the basic rights of underage artists, it said.

   Under the revised terms, production companies are not allowed to ask teens to perform overly sexual moves or dress in sexy clothes. They should also respect their employees' right to complete schooling and should not force them into long working hours, the watchdog said.

   The rising popularity of young Korean pop singers around the world has sharply boosted Korea's entertainment industry. But their popularity has been accompanied by controversies over so-called slave contracts between entertainment companies and teen stars and the portrayal of underage female artists as sexual objects.

   FTC's revised terms are not legally binding but the watchdog said that the terms could be used as a ground for the employees at entertainment companies to protest against unfair demand.