You may be happy to learn that the Africa Museum of Original Art in Pocheon has given into demands by its African artists for improvements in their working condition, which allegedly bordered on slavery.
The Dong-A Ilbo, however, reports that another form of modern slavery may be taking place—brokers are allegedly luring the homeless at Seoul Station to the salt and seaweed farms of Sinan, Jeollanam-do, where they are put to work under conditions approaching debt slavery.
Basically, brokers lure the homeless with promises of food, shelter, spending money and cigarettes in return for easy work, but when they get to Sinan, they find the work brutally difficult. To make matters worse, after the men are brought to the salt farms, brokers ply them with booze and women. This, in turn, becomes a massive debt, and the men are forced to work for years to pay it off.
Beating are reportedly common, too. One guy who claims to have suffered three years of abuse on a seaweed farm said he told the maritime police, but they called the boss and told him to take him back.
Anyway, the cops are now launching a crackdown.
When I first came here way back, I used to hear similar stories about people—usually young men—getting either tricked or dragged off to work on the shrimp boats.