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Fast Company Reveals An Unsettling Truth About People Who Buy Cheap Salmon

By Koh Mochizuki

Americans buying salmon from stores like Walmart may have subsidized the North Korean nuclear missile program.

An investigation reported by the Associated Press about seafood and the American consumer supporting "modern day slavery" is a hard one to swallow. Thousands of North Koreans are outsourced as cheap laborers, and their work brings in between $200 million to $500 million a year. Stores like Walmart and ALDI have potentially sold seafood packed  by those underpaid workers.

About 3,000 North Korean citizens were shipped off to Hunchun, China, where they are subjected to unimaginable working conditions in seafood packing plants. According to the report, the Hunchun laborers "sleep in metal bunks and work 72-hour weeks processing fish for as little as 46 cents  an hour, because Pyongyang keeps somewhere between half and 70 percent of their pay."