Slaves freed from South Korean salt farms face misery in shelters, vow to return to farms

January 6, 2015 1:45 PM

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Slaves freed from South Korean salt farms face misery in shelters, vow to return to farms

In this Feb. 19, 2014 photo, a government official, foreground, meets with salt farm owners and workers as a part of human rights inspection on Sinui Island, South Korea. Life as a salt-farm slave was so bad Kim Jong-seok sometimes fantasized about killing the owner who beat him daily. Freedom, he says, has been worse. In the year since police emancipated the severely mentally disabled man from the farm where he had worked for eight years, Kim has lived in a grim homeless shelter, preyed upon and robbed by other residents. He has no friends, no job training prospects or counseling, and feels confined and deeply bored. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (The Associated Press)

In this photo taken Thursday, April 3, 2014, a man walks through a salt farm on Sinui Island, south of Seoul, South Korea. Life as a salt-farm slave was so bad Kim Jong-seok sometimes fantasized about killing the owner who beat him daily. Freedom, he says, has been worse. In the year since police em...

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