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Chun Ki-won: Hero pastor jailed for sexually abusing North Korea teenage escapees

www.bbc.com Chun Ki-won: Hero pastor jailed for sexually abusing North Korea teenage escapees

Hailed as "Asia's Schindler" for helping North Koreans flee, he has been jailed for sexual abuse.

Chun Ki-won: Hero pastor jailed for sexually abusing North Korea teenage escapees

Hailed as "Asia's Schindler" for helping North Koreans flee, he has been jailed for sexual abuse.

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  • Who knows if he helped sexually abuse North Koreans too, instead of escaping them? It is not like they would be treated well in South or capitalist countries.

    Edit: missed, he actually did that. Pastors and kiddy diddling never gets old. So his goal was not to liberate North Koreans, but to serve religious mission and aid Western capitalist narrative.

  • I recently watched Beyond Utopia which featured a different pastor who helps people make it out of NK. He briefly goes in to the human trafficking aspect of the underground railroad, but even just seeing how it all happens, it shouldn't come as a surprise that some of the "good guys" are also abusing those poor people, and not only those who are openly there to exploit them.

    The only solution is to be rid of the dictators and states that create the conditions that not only enable but encourage this to happen, for their own gain.

  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    The pastor had been viewed as a saviour figure for decades with people calling him an "Asian Schindler" and his operations an "Underground Railroad" for those fleeing the North's regime.

    Police accused him of molesting six North Korean teenagers, including defectors sleeping in the dormitories of the alternative school he had founded at his Durihana mission.

    "The victims are making consistent statements and it includes content that cannot be stated without first-hand experience of the circumstances", Judge Seung-jeong Kim of the Seoul Central District Court said.

    He was found guilty in five of six cases of abuse against the minors - some of whom had escaped alone and others with their families under the guidance of Chun's mission.

    He claims to have helped more than 1,000 North Koreans escape the hardline regime of the Kim family over the past 25 years, and has personally been condemned by Pyongyang for his work.

    TV bulletins showed the grey-haired Chun in a white outfit being brought to court in handcuffs and flanked by guards.


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