POWs in N. Korea Believed to Have Been Sent to Coal MinesUpdated: 2009-04-27 12:00:00 (KST)
Most of the prisoners of war in North Korea are believed to have been sent to coal mines in the northeastern province of Hamgyeong.
This is according to a yearly white paper on human rights released by the South's Korea Institute for National Unification.
The report says this is because the North lacked coal miners as North Koreans avoided this job and it's relatively easy to monitor and control prisoners at mines.
The institute estimates there were over 19-thousand South Koreans taken prisoner during the Korean War in the early 1950s but added that the exact number can only be made after data from North Korea and China is collected.
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