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Slave labor redux

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.

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  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Who is doing this? Is it the dirty, rotten Japanese?

  • bigmamat

    A university professor runs a museum for African art and enslaves the African performers? Takes their passports, feeds them on $3.00 a day and locks them up at night in a rat infested hole? That is so surreal it’s hard to even comprehend.

  • IAMIN YURI

    Yes! And they only mentioned the MEN from Seoul Station! What about the homeless WOMEN! Where do they go! Oh oh oh! Beeg New-sa!

  • cactusmcharris

    No, it’s the dirty, rotten Chinese/Koreans – they’ve been shanghaied.

  • cactusmcharris

    Speaking of slavery, there was this in case you missed it. People who profit from misery should be on the chain gang.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3117574/posts?page=11

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    She should have paid protection money to the NYPD.

  • cactusmcharris

    Yes, obviously she didn’t watch The Usual Suspects.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Maybe not. But the people running the prostitution rings the NYPD tolerate probably have.