On the Map: Five Major North Korean Prison Camps

North Korea has operated political prison camps for more than 50 years, twice as long as the Gulag in the former Soviet Union. People suspected of opposing the government are forced to do slave labor in the camps, which hold an estimated 200,000 prisoners. North Korea's government says the camps don't exist, but high-resolution satellite images show otherwise.

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SOURCES: North Korea Uncovered; Korean Bar Association ("2008 White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea"); "The Hidden Gulag," David Hawk, U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea; Joshua Stanton, One Free Korea; interviews with former prisoners and guards; Satellite Images: Google Earth; GRAPHIC: Kat Downs, Blaine Harden, Liz Heron, Laris Karklis and Francine Uenuma - The Washington Post

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