YTN reports that one in nine North Korean defector women work in entertainment establishments like dabang tea houses and karaoke clubs.

And of these women, many earn their money through prostitution.

Granted, defectors get money from the government to help them settle, but according to the report, defectors often have to pay most of that money to the “brokers” who helped them get out of North Korea.

Many of these women also secretly send money back to North Korea to help their families.

Interestingly enough, of the 24,000 North Korean defectors living in the South, 70% are women.