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In Case You Missed It: The Heartbreaking Story of North Korean Women in China
Anna Fifield’s recent article in the Washington Post shares the heartbreaking stories of North Korean women in China. North Korea is one of the least free places on Earth and basic survival is a struggle. Some North Koreans risk their lives to escape; the most common route involves crossing the border into China. Sadly, many North Korean women are preyed upon by human traffickers who sell the women to Chinese men as brides. As they struggle to support a new family, some of these women turn to online sex work, selling their bodies virtually to Internet users worldwide. Read the full story here.
Learn more about the perilous journey North Koreans take in their search for better lives in our report, Light Through the Darkness.
Photo Credit: Washington Post
Christopher Walsh serves as Senior Program Manager for the Human Freedom and Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight.
Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.
A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies. He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.Full Bio
Don’t Forget Human Rights When Dealing with North Korea
There has been a regrettable trend in U.S. foreign policy over the years to focus on the immediate security threat, at the expense of Pyongyang’s horrible treatment of its own people.
Growing Up As A North Korean Defector
Despite moving many times for safety and protection, North Korean defector Susie Seo made her education a top priority. She is now attending college in the U.S. and is hoping to work in cyber security when she graduates.
The Road to Freedom
Justin Seo, his father, father's friend, and his daughter walked through the Paektu Mountain to find freedom. It's an area not frequently traveled due to wild animals.