Season 1 Episode 2 A Aired 4/19/2013
Escape from North Korea Correspondent: Thomas Morton
YouTube link provided as a courtesy: https://youtu.be/2Nzm2CidMpM
Thousands of North Koreans cross the border into China illegally every year. Living in perpetual fear of being discovered, with all odds against them, defectors still do everything they can to leave. If arrested in communist Laos, they may be sent back to North Korea to face prison camp or worse. The risks of escaping the North and heading to the South are so great that fewer than 25,000 North Koreans have ever made the journey successfully. VICE joins a South Korean pastor who has developed a modern-day underground railroad to move defectors from China to freedom and eventual citizenship in South Korea.
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