Chinese authorities crack down on North Korean smuggling with checkpoints

by Susie Olson October 7, 2017, 0:22
Chinese authorities crack down on North Korean smuggling with checkpoints

AP tracked products made by North Korean workers to America, Canada, Germany and elsewhere in the European Union.

Up to 70 per cent of a worker's wage is taken by Kim's government. They say American dollars should not be supporting the North Korean state or rewarding slave labor.

North Korean workers forced from China by canceled labor contracts are wearing bright smiles and colorful clothes in an apparent show of defiance as tightened United Nations sanctions take hold against Pyongyang, sources on the border say. Aldi in Australia said it does not source any products from the factories in question.

It's also claimed that North Korean workers aren't allowed to leave their compounds in the Chinese factories without permission or their North Korean minders. North Korea takes up to 70 percent of the wages its workers make overseas, and uses the money to prop up the regime and its $1 billion nuclear weapons program.

John Connelly, president of the National Fisheries Institute, the largest seafood trade association in the USA, told AP his group was urging all of its companies to immediately re-examine their supply chains "to ensure that wages go to the workers, and are not siphoned off to support a unsafe dictator".

Besides seafood, AP found North Korean labourers making wood flooring and sewing garments in Chinese factories. Those industries also export to the United States from Hunchun, but AP did not track specific shipments except for seafood.

Every Western company involved that responded to AP's requests for comment said forced labour and potential support for North Korea's weapons programme were unacceptable in their supply chains.

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Importers or company officials could face criminal charges for using North Korean workers or materially benefiting from their work, according to the law.

On September 12, Beijing ordered no visa extensions and a stricter screening process for new visa issuance for North Korean workers.

"It is unbelievable that they would be going home in bright outfits with these smiles on their faces", RFA's source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The scene along the China-North Korea border in the wild mountains of northeast Asia provides some clues.

Often the fish arrives in generic packaging.

"Combatting forced labor is a complex problem that no one company, industry, or government can tackle alone", she said, adding Wal-Mart was working with industry groups, governments, other retailers and NGOs to "create lasting, sustainable change".

One of the products dealt with by the factories is Sea Queen - a fish brand sold exclusively at Aldi supermarkets.

Some U.S. companies had indirect ties to North Korean laborers in Hunchun.


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