North Korean Women Sold Away only for a Few Hundred Thousand Won (Few Hundred Dollars)

2019-08-06 16:58
“Sold… Battered… Women Who don’t have a Place Even When They Die. ”All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

-Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone is equal, but there are people in this world who live without the least of human rights. Even now, for the sake of livelihood, for freedom, and for various reasons, North Korean defector women live disgraceful and shame-filled lives beyond what one can imagine.

Most North Korean women are trafficked upon crossing the North Korea-China border. These women are usually sold to Han Chinese men who are older than the women. These women are battered at home and monitored for 24 hours because they don’t have a nationality or because they cannot talk in Chinese. Nevertheless, the women cannot fight back because if the Chinese men report to the Chinese public police, these women can get caught, and sent back to North Korea. In fact, there have been cases of women who bore the child of Chinese men, repatriated to North Korea and faced forced abortion. That's why these North Korean refugee women feel the need to endure the hell of the present reality to avoid a more hellish world.

Many North Korean defector women say, “It hurts to be battered, but it hurts so much that my pride is trampled on. I am not a beast.”

Furthermore, trafficked women are often sold into prostitution. According to a private report in the UK, the sex trafficking market in China comprised of North Korean women attracts more than 100 million dollars every year. North Korean refugee women are forced into prostitution for as little as 4 dollars. The women mobilized for this work is mainly between 15 and 21-years-old. Testimonials say that a 9-year-old girl was mobilized for pornographic chats, and a 14-year-old girl was sold to a 36-year-old man for 24,000 yuan. The reality that these young girls face is too cruel and harsh.

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