The background of the “sexual assaults on North Korean women” that continued for more than 100 times after being locked up in their homes. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

The background of the “sexual assaults on North Korean women” that continued for more than 100 times after being locked up in their homes.

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on LINE
Sexual assaults against North Korean women continue to occur (Photo: Yamasan)

I will make you money.

A man in his 60s, a Chinese national, lured the women into captivity and sexually assaulted them more than 100 times over a period of five years.

On April 13, the Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported the shocking incident. According to the newspaper, A became acquainted with three women in their teens and twenties who had escaped from North Korea to China through a broker who was guiding defectors. With the promise of introducing them to work, he allegedly locked them up in his home from around 2001 to 2006 and earned more than 80 million yen.

A instructed the women to “take off your clothes in front of the camera,” among other things. “A instructed the women to ‘take off their clothes in front of the camera,’ etc., and forced them to perform indecent acts through pay-per-view image chat rooms, and earned large sums of money. A is also alleged to have repeatedly raped the women.

The case came to light after a concerned party reported the incident. At a trial held in Daejeon, central South Korea, A was convicted of inducing sexual exploitation, distributing obscene materials, and rape, and sentenced to 18 years in prison and fined approximately 42.5 million yen. The court condemned him as ‘a malicious criminal who used the victim as a tool for his own sexual gratification and financial gain.

Police Officers Who Should Have Protected the Victims Become Perpetrators

In China and South Korea, there have been a number of cases in which North Korean women have been sexually victimized.

In July 2008, a police officer who was supposed to protect them was found to have sexually assaulted a North Korean woman for a year and nine months. He also allegedly cheated them out of a luxury watch worth about 500,000 yen.’ In January 2009, another North Korean woman accused that she was threatened and repeatedly raped by a writer who came to South Korea from North Korea earlier. She appeared on a TV program and reported the graphic damage she had suffered.

Why is there no end to the number of sexual assaults against North Korean women defectors?

It is said that more than 70% of all defectors are women. According to the Korea Future Initiative, a human rights group, there are few jobs available for them, and most of them are forced to work in the Chinese sex industry before coming to Korea. Defectors are vulnerable to being sent back to North Korea if their defection is discovered by the Chinese authorities, and they are forced to do what brokers tell them to do if they are threatened.

The same is true in South Korea. The culture and customs are completely different from those in North Korea, and without support, they are unable to work and live. There is no end to the number of people who take advantage of the situation of North Korean women defectors and try to make money or satisfy their sexual desires.

According to the JoongAng Ilbo, the victim of the incident mentioned above has appealed against the sentence handed down to A, claiming that it was too light.

  • PHOTO yamasan

Photo Gallery1 total

Photo Selection

Check out the best photos for you.

Related Articles