Referred to as the “Gippeumjo”, which accurately interprets to “happiness squad”, the youngsters chosen for this seemingly unique position have lives which, to the unsuspecting onlooker, seem like luxurious and comfy by North Korean requirements.
Materially, they need for nothing and are given luxurious lodging, garments, and items – however this all comes at a horrible value.
In trade for these luxuries, the pleasure squad are anticipated to entertain the supreme chief with dancing, massages, and, if he’s feeling frisky, sexual favors. The ladies chosen to be within the squad are fastidiously chosen in order that they’ll carry out these duties exceptionally.
Given North Korea’s fame for executing those that do not adjust to the regime, together with entire households, it’s seemingly that not one of the pleasure squad even ponder refusing to hold out these duties out of worry of what may occur to them consequently.
Kim Jong-un’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, was the primary North Korean dictator to have a pleasure squad within the 1970s. Due to how problematic the squad is by nature, the nation did all the things in its energy to maintain its existence a secret till former members began talking out.
Regardless of this, pleasure squads continued to exist all through the management of Kim Jong-il. Nonetheless, when Kim Jong-un first grew to become the chief, they have been faraway from existence. This was believed to be the results of the Western affect of Jong-un’s Swiss training.
Then, in 2015, they got here again into existence, so this clearly wasn’t the case.
The pleasure squad is fashioned by authorities officers who search the nation for essentially the most appropriate candidates. They need to be between 13 and 15 years outdated and have a ravishing face, a mushy and female voice and be 170 cm tall.
The final high quality is a very troublesome one to satisfy in a rustic the place the typical top of a lady is simply 151 cm.
The youngsters in query should even be virgins and that is confirmed in the course of the choice course of by a medical examination.
A staggering 2,000 women are chosen. As soon as they have been chosen, they’re then taken from their households with no rationalization for what they will do apart from governmental work. They’re then despatched off to coaching and the crème de la crème ultimately find yourself with the chief.
A former member revealed that the ladies shall be in service for a complete of 10 years. Throughout this time, the place they reside within the capital of Pyongyang or summer season villas, they’re forbidden from contacting their households and have to put in writing a pledge of allegiance to their grasp.
Mi Hyang, who was certainly one of Kim Jong-il’s pleasure women, stated in a 2010 interview with Marie Claire journal that that they had their pubic hair shaved by males within the chief’s shut circle after they began making intoxicated bets on them.
When members of the pleasure squad “retire”, across the age of 25, they’re married off to members of the elite and the chief’s inside circle. That is executed in order that the horrors they’ve endured stay a secret, though this has clearly not been totally profitable.
When Kim Jong-il died, his pleasure squad have been additionally given $4,000 as a reward for his or her service.
Whereas nothing about Kim Jong-un’s present pleasure squad is understood, info from his import data sheds a whole lot of gentle on what they could possibly be anticipated to do, with The Solar reporting that he spent $three million importing lingerie from China in 2016.
Jong-un’s additionally recognized for having fun with French wine and Russian vodka, so it is greater than seemingly that the squad are anticipated to take care of him at events.