January 27, 2016 10:12
A Chinese couple who sneaked through security at Incheon International Airport last Thursday came to Korea looking for work, investigators said Tuesday.
Immigration officials on Tuesday said the pair, a man and a woman, are husband and wife and paid a broker 120,000 yuan for jobs in Korea. They come from the Yanbian region of northeastern China, which is home to a large community of ethnic Koreans.
The couple, who were caught in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province on Monday, told investigators that this was their first trip to Korea and that they made the journey to enter the country illegally and work.
An immigration official said the broker gave the couple the phone number of someone in Korea who could hook them up with jobs, "and it appears that person then told them to come to Cheonan."
The couple flew out of Beijing and passed through Jeju International Airport and Japan's Narita International Airport before arriving at Incheon aboard a Korean Air flight on Jan. 20.
They had a transfer ticket for a flight to Beijing the following day but instead broke through several exits and walked out of the airport.
An airport official said, "The couple went to Japan first hoping that arriving from an advanced country could help them get a temporary pass to enter Korea."
The official added the couple were stopped as they tried to walk through the arrival gate and then waited until late at night to make their escape.
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