Where there’s human misery—and if North Korea has got plenty of something, it’s that—there are vultures like this:

Chinese police have busted a human trafficking ring that lured North Korean women into defecting and sold them into indentured labor or prostitution, the Chinese press reported Wednesday.

The human trafficking ring apparently included both Chinese and North Korean nationals, though the Chinese media merely referred to them as “foreigners.” Diplomats in Beijing say it is unprecedented for the Chinese media to report the trafficking of North Korean women in such detail.

One of those arrested was a North Korean woman who herself had been sold… twice. She then paired up with a Chinese ex-con to lure women to cross the border:

They lured 20 North Korean women between in their 20s to 40s to China. The gang were paid 10,000-15,000 yuan per woman, and accomplices in North Korea 3,000-5,000 yuan.

Before selling the women, they confined the women in a room where they were forced to perform sexual acts on the Internet. Chinese media said nine North Korean women were confined in three rooms when police raided their quarters.

And to make matters worse, it looks like China will use this incident to crack down even harder on North Korean refugees. As if escaping the North wasn’t already difficult enough.