North Korea’s Big Money Spinner: Exporting Its People as Slaves

There are over 50,000 North Koreans working abroad in forced labor conditions. (Image:  Seeker Daily via  Screenshot/YouTube )
There are over 50,000 North Koreans working abroad in forced labor conditions. (Image: Seeker Daily via Screenshot/YouTube )

Given that North Korea is one of the most isolated, repressive, and dirt poor nations in the world, how does it make its money? Well, outsourcing its unfortunate people to work abroad in servitude is one way.

According to the UN, the brutal dictatorship that rules North Korea has over 50,000 of its citizens currently working in what is described as forced labor conditions abroad.

From this slave trade, Pyongyang earns somewhere between $1.2 billion and $2.3 billion a year.

This slave trade is used by the state to earn foreign currency and circumvent UN sanctions that have been imposed because of its nuclear and missile programs.

“North Korean workers outside of North Korea are being subjected to serious human rights abuses,” said John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch (HRW).

“Their liberty and right to fair compensation for work are being violated, among other abuses. But, in a perverse demonstration of how abusive North Korea is, some of these workers are nonetheless among the more fortunate of North Korean citizens in that they are allowed to travel abroad and work,” Sifton said.

He added that forced labor itself is endemic inside North Korea.

See this video below by Seeker Daily for more:

Marzuki Darusman, the special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, says North Korean workers are used abroad in the mining, logging, textile, and construction industries, reports AP. The bulk of them are in China and Russia, but they are also being worked in parts of Asia, Africa, the Mideast, and Europe as well.

North Korean workers earn an average $120-$150 per month.

They’re given insufficient food, and some of them have to work as much as 20 hours a day. The workers may have one of two days off work per month. Meanwhile, the North Korean regime is paid “significantly higher amounts” by the employers, says the UN’s Darusman.

Most workers dare not try to escape, as any attempt would result in their families at home being persecuted by the regime.

There have been efforts in the UN to address this and many other of the regime’s human rights abuses, but such efforts are typically blocked by its allies — Russia and China.

The drug trade and counterfeiting are other dark ways that Pyongyang makes money. For more on this, see the video by TestTube News below:

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