The All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea will host the release of Korea Future Initiative’s new report, ‘Sex Slaves: The Prostitution, Cybersex, and Forced Marriage of North Korean Women and Girls in China‘, and hear from a panel of four female North Korean survivors on May 20th at 17:00 in Committee Room 17, the Houses of Parliament.
The event will mark the launch of a report that uncovers new and disturbing patterns of sexual violence perpetrated against trafficked North Korean women and girls in mainland China. The culmination of careful long-term engagement with victims living in China and exiled survivors in South Korea and the United Kingdom, and collaboration between victims, survivors, and researchers, the report establishes how North Korean women and girls are forced from their homeland and passed through the hands of traffickers, brokers, and criminal organisations before being pulled into the Chinese sex trade. There, they are prostituted for as little as ¥30 Chinese Yuan ($4 United States Dollars), sold as wives for just ¥1000 Chinese Yuan ($146 United States Dollars), and trafficked into cybersex dens for exploitation by a global online audience.
When it comes to speaking about North Korea, there are no better experts than North Koreans themselves. Accordingly, the event will hear solely from exiled North Korean women, all of whom survived the brutalities of their homeland and China.
Park Jihyun, an Outreach Officer at Connect: North Korea (Korea Future Initiative’s partner organisation) and a survivor of forced marriage in China, will introduce the report. She will be followed by Ji Hyeona, Director of Stepping Stones and a survivor of forced repatriation and torture, who will speak about the condition of women’s rights in North Korea, particularly those of women repatriated from China. Yyeon Geumsi, who escaped North Korea for the first time in 2000 and was repatriated from China on five separate occasions, will then explain why North Korean women and girls are forced to flee their homeland. Finally, Kim Jeongah, Director of Tongil Mom and a survivor of human trafficking in China, will speak about the dynamics and human costs of trafficking.
Attendance is free and open to the public. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the event to clear security and make your way to the Committee Room. The Houses of Parliament can be accessed via the Cromwell Green visitor entrance.