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    The North Korean authorities have been illegally sending their own citizens to work in coal mines in China since mid-May, Radio Free Asia reported, citing a source from North Korea.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to the source, North Korea's State Security Department has sent dozens of workers to the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin, an area that borders North Korea's Pochon Country. The workers allegedly were taken across the border late at night to avoid document checks.

    North Korean workers reportedly receive $36 per month in exchange for the coal they extract from the mines. If caught on Chinese soil, they are repatriated to North Korea by the Chinese authorities without any punishment.

    Only in July, at least 30 North Korean workers were reportedly sent to Changbai County in Jilin, one of the three provinces of northeast China.


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