Skin-Crawling Cases Of N.Korea You Won’t Believe
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North Korea is not known for having many friends or allies. And it’s really no wonder, considering the many abductions, threats and general way of life by its leaders. Here are five stories that show the very dark side of that country.
5.David Sneddon, a U.S. student who was presumed dead in 2004, was kidnapped to teach English to Kim Jong-un. He is, instead, alive and lives with his wife and two children in North Korea. Sneddon was 24 and a student at Brigham Young University when he disappeared in the Yunnan Province. It was initially believed by Chinese officials that he died in a hiking accident. His body was never discovered and his parents, Roy and Kathleen Sneddon, never believed the hiking accident story. Sneddon was last seen leaving a Korean restaurant in Shangri-La.
4. In 2005, Hitomi Soga, an abduction victim who returned to Japan with husband Robert Jenkins, testified that 3 American soldiers had deserted the Army and were now in North Korea. Their wives, a Thai, a Lebanese and a Romanian were abducted. The Lebanese woman – Shiham — was one of four who were promised jobs at a Japanese factory but were taken to North Korea instead. In 1979, two managed to escape. The Lebanese government demanded the release of the other two and North Korea complied. But Shiham was pregnant by her deserter husband and returned to North Korea. The young Romanian woman, Donia, fell into a trap and was abducted when she was offered a career as a painter in Japan in 1978. She married one of the American deserters in North Korea and had two children. North Korea has denied there is any woman matching Donia’s description. Other abductees included French, Italian and Dutch women. After escaping, they testified they were given spy training in the arts of judo,Tae Kwon Do and karate. They were also taught eavesdropping techniques and brain-washed with North Korean doctrines and philosophies.
3. A South Korean pianist, hired to give a performance in 1977 outside Zagreb, got wise to his impending abduction when a spotted a North Korean aircraft at the airport and heard North Korean accents. He escaped. Others, however, were not so lucky. Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee, a South Korean film director and his celebrity ex-wife, were abducted in Hong Kong using a similar ploy as was done with the pianist. The two were held against their will for eight years in North Korea, making films, before finally escaping. Kim Jung-il, a huge movie buff, set up the plot to abduct the director and his wife. Even his diplomats to Western countries were ordered to obtain blockbuster hits so he could view them, and he would often use their storylines to come up with his own schemes. He wanted to also be able to produce his own films that would be competitive for awards on the international level. When Choi was abducted, she was given an injection and went in and out of consciousness. She awoke aboard a freighter in the captain’s cabin, and Kim Jung-il’s large portrait was facing her. Her ex-husband Shin Sang-ok remained good friends with her and was abducted when he went to look for her. After several years, they had earned the North Korean leader’s trust. He allowed them to fly to Vienna, where they fled. North Korea has denied the two were abducted, saying instead that they were there for sanctuary.
2. In North Korea, there are groups of women translated as Pleasure Groups, Pleasure Squads, Pleasure Brigade, Joy Brigade or Joy Division. They consist of about 2,000 women and girls whose main purpose is to pleasure men sexually. North Korea, however, maintains it does not deal in prostitution and that it does not exist there. However, women ranging in age from 14 to 20 and virgins are forced to train for 20 months in pleasuring men and must have sex with high-ranking party officials, members of their families and distinguished guests. The group would also perform for Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, who had a team of scientists to help improve his erection. Members of these pleasure groups were made to sign a pledge of secrecy in exchange for money and gifts. More scientists, who were sworn to secrecy, were ordered to develop aphrodisiacs using the genitalia of male lions and seals, along with traditional medicinal herbs.
1. Between 1977 and 1984, many Japanese citizens were abducted by North Korean government agents. The official list of abductions stands at 17 – 8 men and 9 women – but there may have actually been hundreds of victims. North Korea officially admitted to abducting 13. While most of the victims were in their 20s, the youngest victim was Megumi Yokota, who was only 13 years old. She was abducted from Niigata in November of 1977. She committed suicide in 1994, according to the North Korean government. Some victims were believed to have been forced into teaching the Japanese language and the country’s culture at spy schools set up in North Korea. Others who were abducted were killed immediately and their identities stolen. Some females were forced to become wives to those in a group of terrorists from North Korea and took part in the 1970 hijacking of a Japanese airliner. Some were said to be abducted because they witnessed the activities of North Korean agents. In 2002, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il admitted to kidnapping 13 Japanese citizens and apologized to Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. In 2002, five victims were allowed to return to Japan under the stipulation they later return to North Korea. A public outcry led to Japan refusing to return those victims to North Korea.