Bride Trafficking in China Rescues

An underground railroad organization that rescues human trafficking victims in China says that the costs from $1,300 to over $3,000 to conduct a rescue operation. The organization helps North Korean women who have been sold by traffickers to men in China. The women are sold to the men to be their brides for around $1,000.

Due to China’s one child policy, in certain areas of China the ration between men to female is 14 to 1.

Continue Reading →

Number of North Koreans defecting to South Korea in 2011

In 2011, a reported 2,706 North Koreans defected from the country and entered South Korea.

Between January and March 2012, there were 366 North Korean defectors. Between April and June 2012, there were 385 defections.

After the death of Kin Jong Il, the number of defections dropped by 42 percent in the first half of 2012. South Korean officials attribute the drop in defections to increased security. The crackdown on defections have caused the price to bribe a border guard to increase. In 2012, the cost of a bribe was reported to be $6,000, compared to $1,000 a few years ago.

It was previously reported that it costs a defector up to $7,000 to smuggle a person from North Korea into China and eventually South Korea.

Continue Reading →

Illegal drugs in South Korea trafficked from China

In 2010, South Korean authorities seized 8,200 grams of foreign-produced methamphetamine within the country. Of that total, around 57 percent of the illicit drugs originated from China. Law enforcement believe that a large portion of the drugs were trafficked through North Korea on its way towards South Korea.

Continue Reading →

North Korea Women Sold in China

Human trafficking victims of women from North Korea are sold by traffickers in China at prices determined by their age, according to a report by Radio Free Asia. Women in their 20s are sold for about $1,066 (7,000 Yuan). As the age of the women increases, the price goes down as women in their 30s are sold for $761 (5,000 Yuan), while those in their 40s are sold for $457 (3,000 Yuan).

Continue Reading →