A K-pop group was recently detained and at LAX after custom agents allegedly mistook them for sex workers.
The eight members of Oh My Girl were traveling to the U.S. for a photo shoot and a concert. But they didn't attend either event because they were flown back to Seoul.
"They seem to have mistaken them as sex workers," said a spokesman of the band’s record company, WM Entertainment.
However, U.S. authorities dispute the claim, saying the young women were denied entry because they lied about the purpose of their trip.
“An official with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, who asked that his name not be used because he was not authorized to discuss the matter, said the eight-member girl band lied to customs officials and said they were traveling to the U.S. as tourists, rather than for work,” KTLA reported.
Oh My Girl is the second K-Pop group forced to cancel a performance in a foreign country. North Korea’s The Moranbong Band recently "abruptly canceled a Beijing concert due to communication issues and headed home," Reuters reported
“South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the North Koreans may have canceled the show after China decided to send a lower ranking delegation in protest over Kim's apparent claim last week that the North possesses a hydrogen bomb,” Stuff.co.nz reported.