KIM Jong-un ordered the public execution of six people for their involvement in a high-class vice ring that sold sex with top university students in karaoke bars and baths.
The defendants included four party officials in North Korea who were caught up in a prostitution racket involving female students from prestigious performing arts universities.
News site Radio Free Asia said they were executed by firing squad last month in the capital Pyongyang.
RFA revealed: “They were accused of buying sex or pimping in a network of paid trysts between officials and students at a high-end public bathhouse patronised by the city’s elites.
And a source told the outlet: “I was at the scene of the public execution and saw four Pyongyang party officials and two pimps being executed for organised prostitution.
“This particular case involved long-term organized prostitution for officials, using karaoke rooms at Munsuwon, located in Tongdaewon district.
“Many people, especially party officials and policymakers in Pyongyang are involved in this case,
“The head of Munsuwon and even famous movie stars conspired to arrange sexual encounters with the Central Committee and other party officials, offering female students in their 20s a side job with guaranteed pay of more than $500 per month.
“The women involved are college students in their early to mid-20s attending the Pyongyang University of Music and Dance, or the Pyongyang University of Dramatic and Cinematic Arts.
The prostitution ring was exposed when several students were shocked after learning what their jobs entailed and went to the police, the source said.
“Kim Jong-un, who was enraged by the students at his favorite schools becoming involved in the sex trade, appears to have ordered the execution by shooting,” the source added.
While prostitution is illegal in North Korea, it is generally tolerated, but with occasional crackdowns through which authorities can extract bribes from those caught in the act.
According to North Korean law, prostitution carries a sentence of one to five years of hard labour.
“There have been many cases of prostitution in Pyongyang recently, but no one has been shot to death over it,” the source said.
“It seems to be that because central officials and college students are involved, the authorities wanted to make an example through the public execution.”