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K-POP TRAGEDY K-Pop Star Goo Hara's death --

• by Alison Maloney

TOURING the world and being met by thousands of screaming fans, K-Pop bands have become an international phenomenon and attract bigger crowds to Wembley than many UK stars.

However with the heartbreaking news that another promising young artist, Goo Hara, 28, has taken her own life questions must be raised about the dark side of an industry plagued with sex scandals, eating disorders and suicide.

School children aged as young as 10 are rumoured to endure harsh boot camps where weight and diet are strictly monitored in a bid to become famous.

As they reach fame and fortune, their millions are strung up in crippling contracts that could leave them penniless and several executives have been accused of sexual exploitation.