Yeonmi Park was born in the Hyesan, a North Korean city near the Chinese border. At the age of 13, she and her mother Fled the Kim Dictatorship and escaped into China. It was here that she ended up falling into a life of abuse at the hands of Chinese gangsters. She finally reunited with her mother and escaped across the Gobi dessert. She now studies criminal justice in South Korea and works as an activist. Her harrowing tale is recounted in her Amazon.com released autobiography “In Order to Live”.
In a recent article on reason.com, Park says that the Chinese traffickers treat women as “merchandise” smuggling them around the country for profit and that there are thousands of women going through similar ordeals. She also states that because traditional North Korean society values traits such as purity and virginity, most of these women remain silent, and their stories will never be heard.
For a long time, Park lost faith in humanity. She especially distrusted men. She couldn’t imagine ever trusting a man again, and avoided interactions with men for six years. Writing her book helped her overcome these feelings, and restore her faith in others. She hopes that other women will open up about their own experiences after reading about hers.
The Kim regime has taken to malicious propaganda against Parks. This, she says is a sign that her activism is a step in the right direction. Although, says she is also terrified that a such a brutal regime is against her, and she fears for her family and herself.
The west is shielded from the brutalities of Kim’s regime Park hopes her book will open western countries eyes to the travesties occurring in her part of the world. She hopes this will in turn end these tragedies.
Read the full article here https://reason.com/blog/2015/11/15/yeonmi-parks-north-korean-defector-story