Thousands of North Korean women lured to China with the promise of jobs and freedom only to be sold as brides to farmers for as little as $1,000生活不易|为了工作和自由，脱北者潜逃至中国，却不幸成了中国“媳妇”…… 时间:2018-01-01 单词数:3130
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The fate of North Korea women smuggled into China with the promise of jobs and a better life only to be sold as brides has been revealed in a series of rare interviews.
Experts believe thousands of women have been trafficked in this way since the famine in North Korea in the 1990s, often leaving families and children behind in order to make the journey.
While many leave expecting to find a job and earn money to support their families back home, instead they find themselves sold to poor farmers in border towns, unable to leave for fear of being captured and tortured.
S.Y., who spoke to Associated Press on condition of anonymity because she is in China illegally, came to the country 11 years ago - lured by the prospect of work.
But when she arrived, she found herself as the property of a disabled farmer.
In those years, she’s lived with the dread that Chinese police will arrest her and send her back to be jailed and tortured in North Korea. She’s struggled with the scorn of neighbors who see her as an outsider.
But most of all, she’s been haunted by regret over the children.
’When I first came here, I spent all day drinking because I worried a lot about my kids in North Korea. I was quite out of my mind.’
While some women get along with their new families and find good husbands, others are abused or mocked and bullied by their neighbours.
Their plight is largely ignored, partly because the women almost never agree to interviews.
Because the women have been trafficked to China, they are living in the country illegally and have never officially married their husbands.
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