Lisa Ling's Sister Gets 12 Years of Hard Labor in North Korea

Lisa Ling's Sister Gets 12 Years of Hard Labor in North Korea-photo

OK! Magazine reports that journalist Laura Ling—sister of former The View co-hostess Lisa Ling—has been sentenced, along with her colleague Euna Lee, to 12 years of "reform through labor" at a prison camp in North Korea following a five-day trial, during which they were convicted of "grave crimes" against the country.

Ling and Lee had been on assignment for Al Gore's Current TV, doing a story in China on the international trafficking of women in the sex trade, when they were arrested on March 17.

The two were accused of crossing into North Korea illegally, but it has been speculated that the pair were abducted and taken across the border against their will. Since their case was heard by the land's highest court, no appeal is possible.

It's believed by many that the two are being held by North Korea as leverage in negotiations with the United States and the United Nations on issues ranging from North Korea's atomic-weapons program to humanitarian aid.

Have your say in the comments section: Do you think that Ling and Lee will be released before their 12-year sentence is up?



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  • Richard

    God help those 2 women. We will get them out one way or the other. the near future something has to be done to ti regime. The north koreans would definately embrace thier own democracy given the chance.

  • gore is a douchebag
    gore is a douchebag

    strong pimp hand!!

  • Gore sucks
    Gore sucks

    Trade them for Al Gore

  • Meh

    Holy crap! How is this still happening in 2009!? And how the F is this Al Gore's fault or the reporters?

  • sn

    Blaming anybody other than the North Koreans is ridiculous. This is a regime at least bad as the Soviet Union. Labour camps are death sentences. The chances of surviving are next to none.

  • Soybomb

    This is what happens when amateurs practice renegade journalism. Al Gorleoni should be held responsible.

  • noah

    My inside sources at the US Embassy tell me that North Korea won't return the US journalists until Jon Gosselin (who is of Korean descent) gets a full legal divorce from Kate.

    Apparently Kim Jong-il is a HUGE "Jon & Kate Plu 8" fan and thinks Kate is a total bitch and a "white-devil."

  • hispanicatthedisco

    Kim Jong be illin'.

  • charliemurphy

    ruh roh!

  • Cate

    This is ridiculous!! Get her out! And North Korea wonders why everyone hates them!!!!!!