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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Modern day slavery

Some news from South Korea-

Police in Korea arrested five people for trafficking 443 underprivileged people, including the disabled, to sea farms and slave ships on remote islands. Three more suspects possibly involved in the smuggling ring are wanted by authorities.

The Busan Maritime Police arrested five people, including a Mr. Kim (48), and are searching for three more suspects possibly involved in the smuggling ring. According to the police, the smugglers allegedly put false advertisements in community papers promising jobs and monthly incomes of 2 million to 4 million won in early January.

Then they sold a 25-year-old mentally retarded man who visited them for a job to an owner of a fishing boat. Before that, they bought drinks for him, made him have a sex with a prostitute and burdened him with 5 million won of debt, the police said.

They also charged him 13 million won in pre-paid wage; he tried to escape from the boat three days after he was sold.

The offenders earned a total of 1 billion won in commissions and pre-paid wages for 443 workers by trafficking them to fishing boats and sea farming in Shinan and Jindo counties in Jeolla Province since 2005. The victims included the disabled, cancer patients, the homeless and the unemployed.
This is disgusting news. One would hope those responsible will spend a long-time in but this is South Korea where the justice system is more messed up than in the US. Where else does someone get less than 10 years for killing over 500 people?

If South Koreans are enslaving fellow Korean, it does lead credence to the people who say that Korean comfort women may have sold into service by their fellow Koreans. This isn't the only recent story involving Korean slavery. Here is one from last year.

Hat tip- Lost Nomad by the way of ROK Drop
Linked to- Cao, Pirate's Cove, Right Voices, Yankee Sailor,

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