A popular television personality in South Korea who gained fame after fleeing from North Korea three years ago, is feared to have been kidnapped and returned back to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the BBC reports.
After appearing in a propaganda video with another former defector who ‘returned’ to North Korea, many now believe a woman known as Lim Ji-hyun has been forcefully returned to the repressive regime she had originally fled.
The woman in the video goes by the name Jeon Hye-sung, and is titled “The truth revealed by Jeon Hye-sung who was used for anti-DPRK propaganda”, the Korea Times reports. In the video, she lambastes South Korean culture and speaks of missing her family in the DPRK.
I went to the South, led by fantasy that I could eat well and make a lot of money. But in the country where everything is judged by money, I was haunted by physical and psychological pain although I worked my butt off at bars and other places,” she said. “Now I’m in the motherland, staying with my parents in Anju, South Pyongan Province.”