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article imageNorth Korean women sold into 'slavery' in China

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By Owen Weldon
May 15, 2012 in World
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Kim Eun-sun is a woman from North Korea who fled her native country and went to China after paying a woman to help her get into the country, only to discover that she was sold off.
Kim Eun-sun is like thousands of women who fled North Korea and made it into China. Eun-sun paid a woman to help her get into China but she ended up being sold to a farmer in China who wanted a wife.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, Kim eventually escaped from the farmer. Kim said that many women go to China and they do not know exactly what they are getting themselves into. Kim went onto say that women are quietly and secretly sold in China.
According to Alaska Dispatch, Kim was caught by Chinese police and sent right back to North Korea. She ended up fleeing North Korea to China again and she and her family made it to Mongolia. Mongolian soldiers found them and they were brought to the South Korean Embassy over in Ulan Bator. The group was then sent to Seoul.
Kim is now a senior in college here and she has eight months of English-language training as well as a semester of study in psychology at a university in the United States, thanks to a US government grant. Wherever she goes she talks about how women in North Korea are suffering.
The director of the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, Kim-Sang-hun, said that around 20,000 women from North Korea are currently entrapped over in China. She said that many people would view it as a form of slavery. Sang-hun went onto say that many of the women end up going into the sex trade against their wills.
Women defectors usually choose from a variety of options such as being forced to get married, working as hostesses in karaoke bars or going to the forbidding mountains where food and shelter can be hard to come by.
There is no accurate way of counting how many North Koreans, men and women, are living in China but 100,000 to 200,000 is the estimated guess.
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