North Korea Recruiting Young Women To Join “Pleasure Squad” For Kim Jong-Un
The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo recently reported that Kim Jong-Un became interested in re-forming the troupe while recovering from an unknown ailment at one of his summer cottages last year.
“Pleasure squads” have existed in North Korea since the country’s founding under Kim Il Sung, who was the grandfather of the present dictator. Government officials were sent out to procure the prettiest women and girls to be sent to the dictator’s numerous mansions, where they were expected to be “available upon request.”
Many of the women were singers, dancers, maids and the like, but those judged particularly beautiful were made to be concubines of North Korean leaders. Many of those were “retired” from the squads when they reached their twenties and were paired off with military officers looking for wives.
The squad used to “perform” for Kim’s father, Kim Jong-Il, as well, and was disbanded shortly after his death in December 2011. They were forced to sign a pledge of secrecy in exchange for money and gifts.
Britain’s Daily Telegraph quoted a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University, described as an authority on North Korean affairs, as saying that Kim believed the women who “entertained” his father knew too many state secrets. “After he came to power, Mr. Kim trusted no-one and ordered thorough investigations into every official in the regime, from the highest to the lowest,” stated the professor.
But now there will be a new crop of pleasure providers to entertain the regime. Perhaps the uber-bureacrats will be warier and less likely to spill state secrets this time around, considering their reaction to the release of the movie “The Interview” a few months back.
Sadly, in the Hermit Kingdom, where much of the population is starving, it is probably pretty easy to round up even the prettiest girls to serve the doughy dictator.
I wonder if Dennis Rodman approves.
****** (Some information used in this post was obtained from a FoxNews.com article earlier this week)