More South Koreans have been embarking on extra-marital affairs since the nation’s top court abolished a law that made adultery illegal and punishable with a prison term.
A survey conducted by Macromill Embrain in August determined that 39.3 percent of South Korean men and 10.8 percent of women have been unfaithful to their spouses.
For the men, that figure is an increase of 2.4 percent on a similar survey conducted in 2014, while the rate is up 4.3 percent for cheap nhl jerseys women.
The study suggested that wealthy people tended to have more affairs, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported, with more than half of the married people earning W7 million (GBP3,848) per month indulging in illicit relationships.
Age was also a factor, with more than 30 percent of people in their 50s having affairs, but less than 20 percent of 20- and 30-somethings admitting to cheating.
The increase in extra-marital relationships comes six months after wholesale jerseys us the Constitutional Court ruled that a law introduced in 1953 that made adultery punishable by a prison term was outdated and unconstitutional.
Cases against nearly 1,800 people accused of adultery were immediately dropped, while nine people who were serving prison sentences were released. The criminal records of a further 720 people who received suspended sentences after being found guilty of adultery were expunged.
Investigators were dealing with an estimated 900 new cases every year, the majority brought by spouses who discovered their partner was having an affair.