A Seoul-based human rights organization just confirmed long-standing accusations that Poland uses forced labor from North Korean.
More than 2,500 workers from the hermit kingdom are “exported” to countries, including Mongolia and Poland, and forced to work under inhumane working conditions.
While an estimated 1,800 North Koreans toil in Mongolia's construction sector or in sewing factories, around 800 others are working in Polish shipbuilding and construction sectors, the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights reported.
"The North's purpose is to earn hard currency to avert economic hardship under heavy U.N. sanctions and $200 (million) to $300 million is presumed to be sent to North Korea annually," the group stated, according to South Korean Yonhap News Agency.
And it’s not just these two countries. As per Marzuki Darusman, U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights situation in North Korea, the young dictator milks more than 50,000 North Koreans working in China and Russia for foreign currency.
In addition, a report in The Guardian last year, North Korean workers building World Cup facilities in Qatar receive as little as 10 percent of their salaries when they go home and some don’t even get that amount.