Human rights groups claim that Russia is using tens of thousands of North Korean laborers in its construction industry, in what has been termed as “slave labor.” North Korea is facing its worst drought in over a century and massive food shortages. United Nations has also warned of mass starvation in the country.
North Korea earns $2 billion via ‘state-sponsored slavery’
Supplying overseas workers is one of the major sources of cash for Pyongyang. It sends tens of thousands of “state-sponsored slaves” abroad only to seize their wages. Amid cash-crunch, dictator Kim Jong-Un has dramatically increased the number of workers sent abroad. For well over a decade, North Korea earned money through illicit means such as drug smuggling, arms sales, and counterfeiting U.S. dollars.