South Korea court rules in favour of blind masseurs

Law that only allows the blind to become masseurs not unconstitutional
||Last Updated: 12/11/2008

A law that only allows visually impaired people to become licensed masseurs does not violate South Korea's constitutions, according to a court ruling.

Since 1912, massage work has been restricted to the blind in South Korea. In May 2006, the Constitutional Court ruled that an ordinance issued by a government ministry limiting licenses to the blind infringed on sighted masseurs' freedom to work.

However, visually impaired people say massage is their only way to make a living. Two masseurs even committed suicide in apparent protest of the decision.