N/Kore­ans in ‘forced labour’ abroad, UN says

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

As many as 50,000 North Kore­ans have been sent abroad to work in con­di­tions that amount to “forced labour”, a UN in­ves­ti­ga­tor has said.

Marzuki Darus­man said work­ers earn very lit­tle, are un­der­fed and are some­times forced 20-hour days.

Em­ploy­ers pay “sig­nif­i­cantly higher amounts” di­rectly to the North Korean gov­ern­ment, he said in his re­port.

The ma­jor­ity of the work­ers are in China and Rus­sia, mainly in the min­ing, tex­tile and con­struc­tion in­dus­tries.

But Mr Darus­man, the spe­cial rap­por­teur on hu­man rights in North Korea, also listed coun­tries in Asia, Africa, the Mid­dle East and Europe,

He es­ti­mated that North Korea was earn­ing $1.2bn$2.3bn from the for­eign worker sys­tem ev­ery year.

John Magu­fuli is known as “The Bull­dozer”

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