Group of women face public trial for stealing massive amounts of manure and selling to markets
Amidst reports that North Korean workers in financial jeopardy are stealing from factories and selling their loot to local markets, a group of women were recently hauled to a public trial for stealing and selling manure.
“Three women were caught selling manure they had stolen from the Namhung Youth Chemical Co-operative Factory,” a source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK. “They faced a public trial in the Namhung Workers District in Anju, South Pyongan Province.”
While selling goods stolen from factories is common in North Korea, the three women faced punishment due to extent of their crimes. It’s not clear, however, what kind of punishment they received after the public trial.
“The women provided places to stay and food to manure procurement officers who spend just a couple months in various parts of the country. They were able to receive some of the manure the procurement officers were handling as payment for their services, which they then sold at the local market,” said the source.
“The women found out when the manure the procurement officers were handling was going to be shipped, and made a lot of money by taking payments in manure equivalent to ten times the amount they would have been paid. They received around 30 to 40 tons of manure per year in this way.” ......