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U.S.–South Korea Status of Forces Agreement (Hangul:주한 미군 지위 협정; Hanja:駐韓美軍地位協定, SOFA[1]); Official name: Agreement under Article 4 of the Mutual Defence Treaty between the Republic of Korea and the United States, Regarding Facilities and Areas and the Status of United States Armed Forces in the Republic of Korea) is an agreement between South Korea and the U.S. approved and enacted in 1967 and revised in 1991 and 2001. It is a status of forces agreement that concerns the treatment of United States Forces in South Korea.

The Agreement makes it difficult for Koreans to take legal action against U.S. troops, even when they have committed crime.[1] Therefore, only 3.6 percent of all crimes committed by U.S. servicemen were brought to trial by the South Korean government in 1999.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hughes, Donna; Chon, Katherine; Ellerman, Ellerman. "Modern-Day Comfort Women:The U.S. Military, Transnational Crime, and the Trafficking of Women". University of Rhode Island. http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/modern_day_comfort_women.pdf. Retrieved 2013-05-26. 

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