Korea Backs Monopoly for Blind Masseurs

Profession will remain reserved for the blind in South Korea
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2008 5:24 AM CDT
South Korean blind masseurs struggle with riot policemen during a rally against government's policy on a bridge in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008.    (AP Photo/Yonhap )
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(Newser) – A South Korean court has upheld a law allowing only blind people to work as masseurs, the AP reports. The profession has been reserved for the blind for almost a century, but a legal battle had raged for years over the constitutionality of the rule. The perceived threat to their livelihood sparked huge protests and two suicides among the country's 7,000 blind masseurs.