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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheds Light on North Korea -, September 16, 2012
This review is from: Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad (Hardcover)
An estimated 24,000 North Koreans have fled the nation of 24 million to South Korea - those that succeed have a difficult time adjusting to life in a free society and their education/skills may not be up to the task. Since 2004, 128 have gone on to the U.S., and an estimated half-million live within China. Few tried to escape prior to the early 1990s - until then life in China wasn't much better, if at all. Then came a major famine in North Korea, coinciding with improvement in China. The author reports that it is easier for women to escape because they're less likely to be missed (if homemakers) and reported to authorities; in addition, women are more likely to be taken in by Chinese families. (The 'bad news' is that many end up married to Chinese men or pressed into prostitution.) Some are recruited to leave North Korea by those connected to this 'slave trade.'

About 250,000 North Korean men are employed in Russia's Siberia as loggers, and a number of them also manage to escape.

Mail service to/from North Korea is limited - South Korea is not included. Cell phones are programmed to work domestically only, the Internet, radio, and TV are run by the State

Border guards operate under 'shoot-to-kill orders, and those found by the Chinese within that nation are returned to face severe punishment. Crimes of an individual in North Korea are paid for by three generations of that individuals family. About 200,000 North Koreans are in political prisons - their crimes may be a minor as possessing a Bible or failing to show respect for a portrait of one of North Korea's 'Dear Leaders.'
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