North Korean women sold into sex slavery in China

Elias Hubbard
May 22, 2019

Lee Sang-min, spokesman for Seoul's Unification Ministry, said the government will discuss its plans with the World Food Program and the United Nations Children's Fund, through which the aid would be provided, so it reaches North Korean children and pregnant women quickly.

The insults have included racist and sexist diatribes, including when the North called Obama "a monkey" and former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the country's first female leader, a prostitute.

Almost half are pressed into prostitution, about a third sold into marriage and most others pushed into cybersex, researchers said. Gathering information in North Korea is notoriously hard.

"At a time when significant global capital is invested in China and, more recently, political capital expended on North Korea, it is a damning indictment that North Korean women and girls are left languishing in the sex trade", the organisation said.

Those who were interviewed told Korea Future Initiative that some of the trafficked women die from either a sexually transmitted disease or abuse.

North Korean women and girls who were put in cybersex dens are believed to be aged between 12 to 29.

It is also unclear whether any aid package from South Korea would influence the behavior of North Korea, which has been demanding much bigger concessions from the South, such as resuming inter-Korean economic projects now held back by the USA -led sanctions against the North. When the third man began raping me (I) was bleeding ... "I can not remember any more", Ms. Choi recounted.

Women forced into marriage were mostly sold for 1,000 to 50,000 yuan ($144 to $7,232). China's policy of detaining and repatriating North Koreans forces them to live in the shadows, placing them at high risk of exploitation, Yoon said.

Some are sold by policemen after arrest, while others are duped by traffickers offering to get them to countries where they can claim asylum, the report said. Abductions are also common.

The last time South Korea provided humanitarian aid to North Korea through an worldwide agency was in 2015, when it gave $800,000 to the U.N. Population Fund project to evaluate North Korean public health conditions.

"I was sold [to a brothel] with six other North Korean women at a hotel".

The woman, whose name was not revealed, said that "she was sent to a concentration camp where a doctor ripped her baby from her body - without anesthetic - and tore him limb from limb".

The Korea Future Initiative's report took two years to compile, the group said.

The Wise Honest, North Korea's second largest cargo ship, was first detained in April 2018 by Indonesia while transporting a large amount of coal.

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