Yonhap News Agency released an article citing New York-based Human Rights Wtach (HRW) on China's detainment on North Korean defectors. According to the article, the number reached 41 over the past 2 months.
Most of them were arrested in China's Yunnan Province, which borders Laos, and Jilin Province, adjacent to North Korea, the watchdog said.
It marks a steep rise from 51 North Korean detainees documented by the group between July 2016 and June 2017. The total 92 people in custody include a newborn, 11 children and four old women, it said.
China is also believed to have forcibly sent at least 37 defectors back to the North since July last year, the groupo said, citing activists helping defectors.