EIGHT disabled South Korean men who spent decades working as slaves on salt farms sued the government yesterday over negligence and inaction that prolonged their ordeal.
The plaintiffs, who have varying levels of disabilities, were enslaved on rural islands off South Korea’s south-west coast for as many as 20 years.
More than 60 slaves, most of them mentally ill, were rescued following an inquiry led by mainland police last year.
The slavery was revealed weeks earlier when two officers from Seoul came to Sinui Island and rescued one of the slaves, who had been reported missing by his family.
Dozens of farm owners and labour brokers were charged, but no regional police or officials were punished despite multiple interviews in which the victims said some knew about the slaves and even stopped escape attempts.
The men are seeking compensation of 30 million won (£17,000) each.