Sunday, June 25, 2006

“We would rather die than go back to North Korea”

Hae Nam Ji is an example [of human trafficking]. She decided to flee North Korea after she served time in a political prison camp for the "crime" of singing a South Korean song.

Ji describes the several times she was sold. In one case the man who bought her was afraid she would try to escape while he was at work, so he took her to the factory where she was treated like an animal in a zoo, stared at and sexually molested by the man's co-workers.

Despite such horror stories, North Koreans continue to flee to China.

Time and time again, we hear the same story from them: "we would rather die than go back to North Korea."

[Excerpt from speech given by Suzanne Scholte at Congressional-Executive Commission on China Issues Roundtable]

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