Hundreds of South Koreans have been abducted and spirited away to the Communist North. There they are brainwashed and forced to work as spies. October 2003
For decades, North Korean agents have been conducting a sinister kidnapping campaign. "They kidnap South Koreans ... train them as spies and brainwash them to assassinate people," claims victim Lee Jae Jun. He was abducted at gunpoint whilst out fishing and sent to spy school in Pyongyang to be 'purified.' After years of gruelling training, he was deemed 'ideologically impure' and banished to the famine-stricken countryside before managing to escape. The plight of the abductees is made even worse by the fact that their government refuses to do anything to help them. Instead, it prefers to treat the victims as Communist sympathisers who have willingly defected. Their families are treated with suspicion and closely monitored by local authorities. The government has even refused to raise the issue of the abductions with North Korea, for fear of upsetting Pyongyang. In contrast, Japanese authorities have taken an entirely different approach and managed to secure the release of their surviving kidnap victims. Inspired by Tokyo's example, the families are stepping up their campaign to secure their loved ones release.
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