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Gender and Human Trafficking in South and North Korea

November 28, 2018 - 10:15-12:00

Open lecture with Seo-Young Cho, Assistant Professor of Economics at Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany and visiting scholar at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies

As South and North Korea have developed into different paths in many aspects, their human trafficking situations also demonstrate different societal problems. South Korea is mainly a country of destination and transit that receives and transforms trafficking victims, and, to some extent, it is a source country that sends victims abroad. This complexity in human trafficking is closely related to the vulnerability of female migrants both into and out of the country, and mirrors demographic changes in South Korea and challenging dynamics in marriage and labor markets for women. On the other hand, North Korea is predominantly a source country whose people are trafficked abroad (mainly to China and South Korea) particularly during their journey fleeing out of the country due to political oppression and poverty. This problem can be described as gender-based violence under a humanitarian crisis. In this lecture, these problems will be discussed under gender perspectives in terms of vulnerable female migration and crime against women. The gender approach is particularly relevant in the human trafficking context because the absolute majority of victims are women and girls (in both Korea and worldwide).

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Gender and Human Trafficking in South and North Korea


November 28, 2018


Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies


Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005
Sölvegatan 18
Lund, Sweden
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