May 21, 2019 11:07
Chinese Triads trafficking North Korean girls and women are forcing girls as young as nine to perform cybersex to a paying global audience, a British NGO claimed in a report Monday.
Korea Future Initiative, a U.K.-registered nonprofit organization, investigated sexual abuse against North Korean women and girls in China and found that they are often subject to prostitution, cybersex trafficking and forced marriage.
"Pushed from their homeland by a patriarchal regime that survives through the imposition of tyranny, poverty and oppression, North Korean women and girls are passed through the hands of traffickers, brokers and criminal organizations," the report says.
It adds that a "complex and interconnected network of criminality" makes an estimated US$105 million a year from "the sale of female North Korean bodies."
KFI attempts to rescue North Korean refugees in danger and issuing reports on human rights violations. It said the report was compiled after long-term contacts with victims who are still living in China or have fled to South Korea.
It claims that some 60 percent of female North Korean defectors in China are trafficked and about a half of them are sold into prostitution, more than 30 percent are forced to marry Chinese men, and 15 percent work for online brothels.
Yoon Hee-soon, the report's author, said that prostitution has overtaken forced marriage as a "primary pathway" into the sex trade, while cybersex trafficking is a "small, rudimentary but expanding component."
Meanwhile, the North Korean regime has ordered citizens to prepare "combat backpacks" for an emergency, Radio Free Asia on Monday quoted a source in North Pyongan Province as saying.
It urged them to prepare three days' supply of food, shoes, gloves, a flashlight, and a facial mask.
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