April 28, 2009 10:32
Most prisoners of war in North Korea are believed to have been sent to coal mines in the northeastern province of Hamgyong, according to a yearly white paper on human rights released by South Korea's Institute for National Unification.
The report says the North used POWs as labor there because North Koreans avoided the job and it is relatively easy to monitor and control prisoners at mines.
The institute estimates over 19,000 South Koreans were taken prisoner during the Korean War in the early 1950s but added the exact number can only be determined when data from North Korea and China become available.
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