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Pregnant woman among 4 North Koreans found fleeing food shortages in makeshift boat

A pregnant woman was aboard a boat of North Korean escapees rescued by South Korean officials last week.

The unidentified woman in her 20s was rescued from the same makeshift wooden boat as three others last month.

The group was discovered on Oct. 25 in the waters near Sokcho, South Korea, after fishermen reported seeing an unrecognized boat in the region, according to reports.

 

Most successful escapees have traveled through China and Southeast Asia to South Korea, but recent repatriations point to a tightened cooperation between the Chinese Communist Party and the North Korean regime.

Elizabeth Salmón, the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has warned that those who are returned to North Korea after escape “would be subjected to torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment and other serious human rights violations(…) and even execution,” according to NK News.

The U.S. State Department claims that approximately 600 North Korean escapees have been apprehended by CCP officials and sent back to their authoritarian home country.

Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at timothy.nerozzi@fox.com

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