North Korea's lard butt dictator Kim Jong Un is sending thousands upon thousands of starving citizens to Russia to get some hard cash for his regime.
Citizen rights groups that monitor this kind of thing, but do little to stop it, are alarmed and have wagged their fingers to prove it. They consider these workers to be little more than slaves who are subjected to cruelty and violence at the hands of Putin's borscht-eaters and corrupt officials. They are also being forced to turn over most of their pay to fat Kim's regime.
A rather useless report issued this year by the Seoul-based group, Data Base Center for North Korean Human Rights estimate that around 50,000 of these slaves are working low-paying jobs in Russia and send no less than $120 million every year to Pyongyang.
"The North Korean government maintains strict controls over their workers' profits, in some cases probably taking 90 percent of their wages," Scott Snyder told Fox News. "This is an issue that has been going on under the radar for a long time."
Snyder is director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council of Foreign Relations.
The main reason North Korea's economy is vacuous is due to the international sanctions in a country that produces few goods suitable for export and is so poor that it considers grass a vegetable.
So Kim will do anything necessary in order to get money, short of going on a diet.
According to a Fox News report, North Koreans helped construct a new soccer stadium in St. Petersburg and helped build a luxury apartment complex in Moscow.
The workers/slaves work under horrible conditions; one was killed working on the soccer project and two were found dead in June at a decrepit hostel near the Moscow apartment site.
But as suck-worthy the conditions in Russia may be, it's worse for them in North Korea and many are willing to pay bribes to be sent to Russia.
The U.S. State Department issued a report on human trafficking in June concluding that North Korean workers in Russia undergo "exploitive labor conditions characteristic of trafficking cases such as withholding of identity documents, non-pay for services rendered, physical abuse, lack of safety measures, or extremely poor living conditions.
So Russia isn't any better than the corpulent Kim regime.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has proposed new sanctions to deal with this problem.
"Secretary Tillerson has called on all countries to fully implement all U.N. Security Council resolutions, sever or downgrade diplomatic relations, and isolate [North Korea] financially, including through new sanctions, severing trade relationships, expelling guest workers, and banning imports from North Korea," a State Department official said.
The monthly pay rate for workers has increased from $283 to about $840 but with it the corruption has also increased.