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One in nine defector women work in tea houses, bars

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.

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  • Yu Bum Suk

    How many South Korean women have worked at such establishments? I’m guessing it would be close to one in nine.

  • jkitchstk

    “Many of these women also secretly send money back to North Korea”

    With the help of former DUP members or the S. Korean postal service?

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

    I thought S. Koreans valued males more than females, at least the gender birth-rate once exemplified that?

  • Anonymous_Joe

    S. Korea is still better at producing males than females. That’s why the South imports females from the North, which has a comparative advantage in the production of females, vis-a-vis the South.

    As an interesting side note, David Ricardo explained this in his 1817 seminal work On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation. In fact, I think he used North Korea and the production and trade of females with South Korea as his empirical example.

  • cm

    The ignorance in the last two comments is astonishing. And it doesn’t even take much to find out why 70% of the defectors are women.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    #4 CM: “The ignorance in the last two comments is astonishing.”

    OK, the ignorance in #3 is astounding, and that guy’s a real d-bag: David Ricardo sang at the Tropicana and was married to a wacky redhead, but I think #2 was being facetious.

    “And it doesn’t even take much to find out why 70% of the defectors are women.”

    Pray tell.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    The economist’s name is Ricky Ricardo — Ricardo Alberto Fernando Ricardo y de Acha, III.

  • cm

    “Pray tell.”

    Are you being intentional stupid or are you being sarcastic?

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