"Most members were women who had been trafficked and sold into forced marriages with Chinese men and later escaped."

 

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"....Christian women are leading the resistance against North Korea’s communist regime -  Using their membership of underground churches, Christian women are spreading the faith and challenging the regime, the report found.

Through their networks on the margins of society, women who convert to Christianity "challenge the authority of the state's control over women's bodies and minds and empower other religious women to become agents of resistance", it says.

One witness interviewed for the report said: "The underground church members in North Korea were believers who had converted in China.

"Most members were women who had been trafficked and sold into forced marriages with Chinese men and later escaped."

Korea Future investigators interviewed 237 survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators of religious persecution who fled the Marxist dictatorship into democratic South Korea.

They documented 140 cases of Christian women being imprisoned, 33 of torture, 11 of "refoulement" (Christian women being forcibly returned from China to North Korea), five of forced labour, and one case of sexual violence.

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