94 hours a week, 2.1 million won per month… The reality of ‘Salt Farm Slaves’ revealed

Korea has been classified as a second-tier country for the second year in the report on human trafficking by the US State Department. The reason for this was that labor exploitation of migrant workers continued, as in the case of slavery in salt farms reported last year. We obtained a report by Jeollanam-do investigating the actual conditions of salt farm labor, and the poor conditions were revealed as they were.

Reporter Jeong Ban-seok covered the story alone.


The US State Department pointed out that human traffickers force people with disabilities to work on salt farms, fishing boats, fish farms and farms. Those with intellectual disabilities who were exploited and escaped from the Shinan salterns reported by

SBS last year fall under this category. [Park Young-geun/Salt Farm Worker ( SBS

8 News , January 25, last year ): Sleeping for 2 hours a day and sleeping for 1 hour should be able to withstand people. He ran away in the morning and was caught. So I was hit hard.] [Mr. A/Salt farm victim ( SBS 8 News, March 15 last year): Hit him with a salt shovel or something like that. No matter how much I tell (to the police) they will. ‘Tell the owner directly’] The job agency was the main channel. [Employment agency official ( SBS 8 News, January 24, last year): There were a lot of people who slept in the basement of the subway and just did that. Those people are just dragging them.]

After reporting the accusation, Jeollanam-do conducted an investigation into the overall working conditions of the salt farm, but did not disclose it.

I got the investigation report and looked it up.

Among salt farm workers, the rate of suspected disability is 39%메이저놀이터, eight times the overall average.

53% of them had an elementary education or less, and 66% had a middle school or less. They worked an average of 14 and a half hours a day, 6.5 days a week, and 94 hours a week, earning an average of 2.12 million won, which is less than 60% of the minimum wage.

There is not a single person who has signed up for all four insurances, and many of them have not been aware of the four major insurances or annual leave itself.

It is living without knowing the rights of workers.

For this reason, the industrial accident experience rate was 20%, but only 1% received insurance benefits.

The rate of experiencing human rights violations such as bank account extortion, assault, and sexual crimes also reached 21%.

[Yoon Mi-hyang/Independent Member of Parliament: The fact that a large-scale investigation of salt farm work was carried out and the results were covered is the lack of will to eradicate human trafficking. Human trafficking is being punished with a cotton bat as an economic crime.]

Unless the target of punishment is expanded in accordance with international standards, it seems difficult to clear the country of human trafficking in the second degree.

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