“Every now and then—when the black market looks too much like a great storehouse back home—the M.P.’s raid it all. This gives the market dealers a chance to make a fresh start, which they do usually about a half-hour after the raid is over.”
—Sister Maria Del Rey
As Korean production drew to a virtual halt and inflation soared, there were dire shortages of food and clothing. With the influx of soldiers, black market American goods appeared in street shops. Bars as well as prostitutes, catering to the international soldier population, proliferated during the war.