The escape and success of Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park was born October 4, 1993 and had a very troubled childhood. During North Korea’s economic downfall in the 90’s Park’s family turned to black market trading. As her father was sent to a labor camp her family fled to China where Park and her mother later became property of human traffickers. She is now a human rights activist and speaks out against human trafficking in North Korea and all around the world. Park gave a speech at the One Young World Summit in Ireland. The summit tries to find solutions to world issues. She told of how she escaped from North Korea. Her speech received over 2 million views on YouTube from people all over the world. Even after her trafficking experience Park believes that there is no such thing as North and South Koreans, just Koreans. She has remained very loyal to her homeland. After the Summit in Ireland Park still wanted to reach out to the world and share her story of human trafficking and what a real issue it has become. She wrote a book entitled “In Order to Live” to get her message out to the world. The book tells of her very brave escape from North Korea as well as very intimate and personal things she faced in the trafficking business. Life in North Korea was brutal and Park and her family would often go without food. Park’s family was viewed as criminals and were forced to become the lowest of the low in North Korean society. Park was sixty pounds and on the brink of death when her and her family were smuggled across the border into China. Park did not wish to be free in China because she did not know what freedom was. She just knew that if she didn’t get out of the situation she was in in North Korea, her and her family would surely die. Yeonmi Park’s story is one of pure bravery and doing whatever it takes to survive.