US Seafood Could Funnel Funds to North Korea
Something’s fishy. While the U.S. has pushed hard for sanctions aimed at cutting Pyongyang’s cash flow in retaliation for its nuclear tests, North Koreans often get shipped to China to work — where, a new AP investigation reveals, they prepare seafood later sold in American, Canadian and European supermarkets. But Pyongyang seizes 70 percent of their pay, netting as much as $500 million per year and making the laborers essentially slaves. The news is prompting retailers like Wal-Mart and ALDI to investigate whether something’s rotten in their supply chains.