Cash for Kim

Cash for Kim

2016, Society  -   3 Comments
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In 2014, at a colossal shipyard in Gdynia, Poland, a welder suffered an on-the-job accident which cost him his life. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the victim was an immigrant from North Korea who was sent to work at the shipyard under the insidious cloak of forced labor. His death serves as the catalyst for the VICE News production titled Cash for Kim, a searing look inside what one interview subject describes as the "world's largest illegal job agency".

During the course of their investigation, the filmmakers determine that North Korean laborers are routinely sent to various regions across Europe to work on large-scale industrial projects. They work under abhorrent conditions with few safety measures and for little pay. The welder's death, for instance, resulted from a long list of violations including the durability of his clothing and a complete lack of supervision.

There are an estimated 50,000 forced laborers from North Korea who are much like him. They work in industries that range from agriculture to construction, and their exploitation is driven by purely economic reasons. North Korea's ability to profit off international trade is limited; therefore, they've sought out alternative means of generating income. Collectively, the blood and sweat of forced laborers garners over two billion dollars a year for the power elite of their home country.

The filmmakers pursue a dialogue with the workers and the agency that deploys them throughout Europe, but they are met with fearful evasion on both fronts. Labor inspectors and activists are more forthcoming as they attest that a significant portion of the immigrant labor force in Poland are illegally attained from North Korea.

The employment agencies and Polish power structures fail to recognize any wrongdoing on their part, and they seem to have little regard for the morality of engaging in such shady dealings with a brutal dictatorship. Meanwhile, the workers continue to toil in dangerous conditions, and another fatal incident like the one that occurred in 2014 appears to be an inevitability.

Cash for Kim shines a harsh spotlight on their practices, and exposes an underground operation that resembles a form of modern slavery.

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6 years ago

wow Roma -- thats the dumbest set of statements ive ever read.

Roma Fraser-Engler
7 years ago

Slavery appears to be the design of the desciples of Molech to enslave children, families, villages, towns, cities, Provinces and nations. It is possible that the answer to you problem consist of weak clergy, priests , Buddhists - it would appear that if any individual were to accept individiual responsibility - not be consumed by MOlech, demon GODs of Molech it would be correct to pray this way "I reject Molech, All the demons of MOlech, all the negativity experienced on earth and place this issue in the hands of the One GOD of MOlech/Nazis originally identified as such originally by Winston Churchill. GOD bless, All Our Hope is in GOD. Please preserve keep safe those that pray in this way. Positive Quantum Phyiscs . I am greatful to GOD and accept GOD's many pleassings. This is a goood start.END

7 years ago

650 brutto € is normal payment in Poland for Welder.