Committee: General Assembly, SOCHUM
Topic: Human Trafficking
Country: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
The United Nations identifies human trafficking as a large, multinational problem. The UN defines it as a form of modernized slavery. Millions of people across the world are the “victims” of human trafficking at this very moment. These people are being sold into forced labor, sexual assault, and other atrocious things. In many areas of the world it is far too easy for human trafficking to happen. Trafficking occurs in nearly every country on the planet. The one country that is the exception to this trend however, is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Because of the policies and laws they have in place, there are no people that have been trafficked into or out of the DPRK.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has enacted laws for the purpose of protecting its citizens. Article 150 of the penal code criminalizes the trafficking of children in the Glorious Republic, totally eliminating the problem of child trafficking that plagues so many countries around the world. The DPRK also has laws protecting women from the horrors of human trafficking. Aside from laws specifically designed to protect their people, the DPRK has also eliminated the trafficking problem by the restrictions on its borders. They have purposely made it very difficult to enter or exit the country without the government and law enforcement knowing. This is to prevent foreigners from entering the country to traffic the korean women and children. It was made difficult to leave, so that in the rare case a foreign criminal makes it into the country, they won’t be able to escape with any of the DPRK’s protected citizens. These laws and policies have eliminated both the problem of domestic trafficking, and also the threat of being trafficked by foreigners. With both of those problems being eradicated, there is no trafficking whatsoever in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Bearing in mind the lack of a trafficking problem in the DPRK, the Korean delegation would like to see the UN enact policies so that all nations may follow the perfect example set forth by the Glorious Republic. If every member state of the United Nations was to set border regulations as strict as those in the DPRK, the possibility to traffic women and children between countries would be eliminated, therefore eliminating much of the overall trafficking problem. Aside from eliminating multinational trafficking, stricter border regulations would also promote independence and sovereignty between nations because any criminal activity would be limited to the country of origin. The DPRK believe that most countries would agree that they don’t want another country’s criminal issues to be spilling over their borders and tarnishing their society. If this committe wanted to find a real, effective solution to the human trafficking problem , they need not look any further than the policies that have existed for years in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
- Jonathan Andrews