On May 2, 2013, North Korea sentenced a Korean-American tour operator to 15 years' hard labor for "attempting to "topple the DPRK."
Despite the nation's secrecy, its prison camps are notorious for human rights violations.
Out of all the camps within the system, Camp 22 might be the worst. Entire families, political prisoners, are held their for life. Prisoners at this maximum facility are often malnourished, maimed, deformed, diseased and worse.
Essentially performing slave labor seven days a week for more than 12 hours a day, inmates are literally worked to death, and one former guard estimated that up to 2,000 people, including children, die every year at this camp alone.