Popular K-Pop Girl Group Detained at LAX Because They Were Thought to Be Sex Workers
Suddenly, “OMG” has taken on a whole new level of meaning.
Oh My Girl, a South Korean girl-band with eight members, all of whom are between the ages of 16 and 21, was allegedly held at LAX for over 15 hours.
What was the hold up, you might ask? Apparently—and get ready to cringe—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials had suspected the girls might be sex workers. Yikes.
According to a statement released by the group’s management team and label, WM Entertainment, the eight young girls were traveling to the U.S. on Thursday for another kind of work: a photo shoot and a performance.
But they never made it because they were detained at Los Angeles International Airport customs for 15 hours and decided to fly back home.
WM Entertainment said: "As young women, they were mistaken as “working women”, which has recently been a big issue in the U.S.."
They added that they "did not need a performance visa."
However, the US Customs and Border Patrol has poured water on their claims.
They say the band members were seeking to enter under a program that allows South Koreans to travel in the United States for up to 90 days without a visa.
With their large number of costumes and props they were carrying they were clearly there to perform. They didn’t have the right visa.
The official added: "We were doing what we do every day. We send people back all the time."
So far, there’s no word on whether or not the group will be back to perform in the States any time soon. But who could blame them?