Women who have returned to North Korea violently are at risk of torture, ill-treatment, sexual abuse and other violations of their human rights, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
This happened in a report released this Tuesday, based on 100 “heartbreaking” first-hand reports of North Korean women detained between 2009 and 2019, who said they had suffered various types of individual or collective punishment while in detention.
Ultimately, the women managed to escape North Korea, and then passed these detailed interviews on to the United Nations office.
Although North Korea effectively prohibits its citizens from going abroad, women travel to find work or a new life abroad. They often fall into the hands of traffickers who force them to undertake low-paying jobs, sexual exploitation and even forced marriage.