Hunger is a human rights violation.

February 12, 2010

A Chinese border guard was referring to the North Korean women who would become trafficked in China when he said.. “If they are told they can eat to their hearts’ content [in China], many North Korean women are happy to be on their way.”

The article is a bit ambiguous if these women knew that they were going to be trafficked in China or not but regardless, the quote shows what people will do in order to reduce hunger. Hunger, is declared as a violation of human rights by the UN Human Rights Council. Food crisis, not only in NK but any part of the world, is a man-made disaster with identifiable causes that obliged all States to act without delay to bring relief to the victims. In a world where we have enough food to feed twice the current world population, hunger is not inevitable.

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This article was posted today (Feb. 12, 2010) on the front page of Chosun Ilbo (Major newspaper in S.Korea) English Page.

Border Guards ‘Key to Trafficking in N.Koreans’

North Korean and Chinese border guards play a vital part in the trafficking of North Korean women to China, the Asahi Shimbun reported on Thursday.

In a feature report, the Japanese daily quoted a Chinese border guard as testifying he caught a few female North Korean defectors in their teens and 20s crossing the Duman (or Tumen) River and handed them over to a Korean-Chinese human trafficker.

The Chinese border guard said he gets requests from a trafficker in China and informs his North Korean counterparts, who then ask a trafficker in the North to find suitable women. The North Korean guards then let the women pass in the area on the Chinese guard’s watch. This particular Chinese border guard alone had sold some 40 to 50 women per year this way.

Traffickers reportedly pay about 6,000 to 7, 000 yuan (approximately W1.02 million to W1.19 million) a head. Of the money, 4,000 yuan go to the Chinese border guard, who hands 1,000 yuan over to a North Korean guard.

The Chinese guard added, “If they are told they can eat to their hearts’ content [in China], many North Korean women are happy to be on their way.” An estimated 150 human traffickers work in the border area.

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