Financial distress leads some North Koreans to resort to theft
The Daily NK recently learned of several cases of theft that have occurred in various parts of North Korea.
According to a Daily NK source on September 22, a woman in her 20s was robbed on the street in Nampo on September 12.
The woman, nicknamed Choi, had met a man on the street who suggested that she “sell [her] hair, because it would be expensive. Choi, who was suffering from financial difficulties, readily accepted this suggestion and after confirming a date and meeting place, they parted ways.
When she later met the man, however, she was attacked. After using a handkerchief coated with an anesthetic to make her unconscious, the man cut her hair and even took the clothes she was wearing before disappearing.
Choi had been informed that she would receive 1,000 RMB (approximately $ 154 USD).
Similar cases of theft have occurred even in the country’s capital, Pyongyang. At around 7:00 p.m. on September 11, a twenty-year-old living in the train station area of Pyongyang Sopo District was the victim of an aggravated theft on his way home from work. Men on motorcycles stole $ 100 and a cell phone after hitting the victim on the head with a club.
Meanwhile, in Hyesan, two women recently pretended to strike up a conversation with an elderly man, but then stole his bike.
“In recent times, aggravated thefts and thefts are a constant occurrence,” the source said. “It appears that people who have difficulty making ends meet commit crimes with a ‘sink or swim’ mindset.”
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