Killing Machines by Trade
Think Taken meets Colombiana. Imagine if Kim Mills, the daughter in Taken , was forced into intense physical, mental, and emotionally deteriorating training after being kidnapped (instead of human trafficking). Then, imagine that Kim was forced to kill for the political gain of communist leaders.
If you take the horror factor of the scenario playing in your head right now and multiply it by ten, you’ll have a small idea of the lives of female North Korean spies.
After the death of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged brother of Kim Jong-un (the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, AKA North Korea), some insight into the world of female spies surfaced. Apparently, female spies are one of North Korea’s biggest assets and were responsible for the death of Kim Jong-nam.
The North Korean government (also known as the regime) scouts females very carefully. As they play a huge role in maintaining the regime’s power, spy candidates are taken at a very young age and are the sharpest, smartest, and prettiest.
Korean Air Flight 858
You may have learned about the Korean Air Flight 858 in school, but in case you didn’t, it was an international passenger flight that was bombed, killing 115 people. There were no survivors.
The woman responsible was Kim Hyun-hee, a North Korean spy agent. She was recruited in the early 1970s. Note: She was born in 1962, making her less than 10 years old when she was enlisted.
A few years ago, Kim Hyun-hee did an interview with ABC’s 7.30 radio program in Australia, shedding some light on the North Korea’s dark habits.
“One day, a black sedan showed up at my school. They were from the central party and told me I’d been chosen,” Kim Hyun-hee said. “I wasn’t even allowed time to say goodbye to my friends, I was just told to pack. I was given one last night with my family.”
She recants that to this day (she’s 55 now), she has no idea what became of her family.