South Korean Officers Charged with Raping Female N. Korean Defector

September 2, 2020

Two officers with South Korea’s Armed Forces Intelligence Command have been charged with rape, according to UPI.

Unfortunately, the identity of the officers are not being released to the general public. They are accused of raping a North Korean defector on multiple occasions when they were responsible for “protecting and supervising” the woman, UPI reported.

The crimes were committed between May 2018 and February 2019.

South Korea’s defense ministry stated on Tuesday, September 1, military prosecutors have charged the defendants with various sex crimes. Defendant A is a lieutenant colonel in the army and is charged with adultery and “coercion.” Defendant B is a first sergeant and was also charged with adultery as well as sexual assault, and rape.

The female North Korean defector had sensitive information about Kim Jong-un’s regime, and the officers were specifically instructed to obtain information from her. However, in the process, Defendant B allegedly induced the woman with alcohol before raping her. The rapes supposedly continued for months.

The victim then turned to Defendant A for help. Instead of helping her, he also sexually assaulted her.

The officers demanded the woman obtain “internal information from North Korea” from her younger sibling in the North. The victim notified South Korean military prosecutors of the assault in December 2019. She further explained she was impregnated twice and forced to undergo abortions.

There are disturbing reports about North Korean female defectors being the target of sexual assaults in the South. A majority of North Korean defectors are women.

South Korea prides itself with one of the lowest crime rates in the world. South Korea currently has 13.5 rapes per 100,000 citizens compared to the United States, which currently has 27.3 rapes per 100,000 citizens. South Korea currently has 32.41 crimes per 1,000 people compared to the United State’s 41.29 crimes per 1,000 people, according to Nation Master.

Feature Image via UPI

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