In 2014, it was revealed that hundreds of people were doing forced labor at a salt farm in Sinan, Jeollanam-do, without receiving a proper salary, which shocked society.

However, there was a victim who said he was being exploited in a similar way to that time, so the police launched an investigation.

Reporter Jeon Byung-nam covered the story.


Hundreds of the socially disadvantaged, including the missing, unrelated, and the disabled, were subjected to forced labor in the 'Shinan Salt Farm Slavery Incident.'

Confinement and assault were commonplace.

[The victim at the time: I was hit because the wheel steel of the conveyor belt fell out.

I can't live because I'm sick.] In the

end, after a full investigation, dozens of people including the owner were arrested.

Allegations of abuse of 'salt farm slaves', which were thought to have disappeared, have resurfaced after 7 years.

The victim was 53-year-old Park Young-geun.

Park, a 'borderline intellectually disabled', started working at a salt farm in Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do through a job agency in 2014.

The promised monthly salary is 140,000 won.

However, even after working more than 17 hours a day for 7 years, he received almost no wages.

After putting the wages into the bankbook, and asking Mr. Park to withdraw the money directly, the owner said that he took it again, but it seems that he was trying to leave evidence of the payment of wages.

[Park Young-geun: The owner goes to the bank.

Then we wait 5-10 minutes, then we take it out again and give it back (to the owner).]

He went out about once or twice a year, but it was said that it was possible only if there were groups of 5 people.

In fact, he was imprisoned.

This miserable life was made known to the world when he recently escaped from the salt pan.

Park said that in addition to himself, about 10 people with disabilities are being exploited in the same way.

Park and related civic groups raised the possibility of collusion with the local police, but the Jeonnam Police Agency first booked a salt farm owner, Jang Mo, on charges of fraud and started a full-scale investigation.

If the reality of violence or human rights violations is revealed during the investigation process, the possibility that it will spread into the so-called 'Second Salt Farm Slave Case' cannot be ruled out.

(Video coverage: Yang Hyun-chul, video editing: Lee Hong-myeong, VJ: Lee Jun-young)