I thought it would be okay because I wasn’t actually sleeping with anyone,” said Suh, who, until dreams of escape brought her to this dingy room in Laos, had been one of the legions of North Korean women performing online sex work in back rooms in China.
The app’s video and voice chat functions, along with similar service imo, now can’t be used in the country because of “regulations”.
It isn’t clear exactly why the features have been blocked in the country.
But local reports have speculated that it is a way of protecting the revenues of traditional telecoms companies.
“I was so scared but I kept on going, I just kept on going.” (Sin Huh )— Sometimes the men just wanted to talk with the North Korean women. But most of the time, they wanted the other option: “body cam.” Watching through a smartphone app, the men would ask the women, some of the unknown thousands of North Koreans sold to Chinese husbands and living secretly in northern China, to show their breasts or their backsides, to touch themselves or perform sex acts on one another. They needed the money — even if it amounted to only a few dollars a day.
“In the beginning, I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal.