8 Dec 2023

Asia correspondent Elizabeth Beattie

From Nine To Noon, 9:45 am on 8 December 2023
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Arrests have been made in Nepal after a gang was accused of smuggling people and forcing them into the Russian military to fight in Ukraine.

The people trapped in the scheme and extorted were young unemployed Nepalis, who thought they were being granted a travel visa, but instead they were being trafficked to fight for Russia.

And Elizabeth has details of a family's dramatic escape from Covid-era North Korea. 

Elizabeth Beattie is based in Tokyo.