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  • A man walks through a salt farm on Sinui Island, south of Seoul, South Korea. Life as a salt-farm slave was so bad Kim Jong-seok sometimes fantasized about killing the owner who beat him daily. Freedom, he says, has been worse. In the year since police emancipated the severely mentally disabled man from the farm where he had worked for eight years, Kim has lived in a grim homeless shelter, preyed upon and robbed by other residents. He has no friends, no job training prospects or counseling, and feels confined and deeply bored. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
    S. Koreans sue government over salt farm slavery

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Eight men who had been held as slaves at South Korean salt farms for several years took the government to court on Friday for alleged negligence and police inaction they say largely...

    • Posted November 13, 2015
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  • A man walks through a salt farm on Sinui Island, south of Seoul, South Korea. Life as a salt-farm slave was so bad Kim Jong-seok sometimes fantasized about killing the owner who beat him daily. Freedom, he says, has been worse. In the year since police emancipated the severely mentally disabled man from the farm where he had worked for eight years, Kim has lived in a grim homeless shelter, preyed upon and robbed by other residents. He has no friends, no job training prospects or counseling, and feels confined and deeply bored. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
    Slaves freed from S. Korean salt farms face misery in shelters

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Life as a salt-farm slave was so bad Kim Jong-seok sometimes fantasized about killing the owner who beat him daily. Freedom, he says, has been worse. In the year since police emancipated...

    • Posted January 6, 2015
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  • In this Feb. 19, 2014, a salt farm owner walks around his salt farm on Sinui Island, South Korea. Slavery thrives on this chain of rural islands off South Korea’s rugged southwest coast, nurtured by a long history of exploitation and the demands of trying to squeeze a living from the sea. Five times during the last decade, revelations of slavery involving the disabled have emerged, each time generating national shame and outrage.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
    ‘A living hell’ for slaves on remote South Korean islands

    SINUI ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — He ran the first chance he got. The summer sun beat down on the shallow, sea-fed fields where Kim Seong-baek was forced to work without pay, day after 18-hour day mining...

    • Posted January 3, 2015
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