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The secret network of North Korean prison camps are being mapped out in unprecedented detail thanks to Google Earth. More than 200,000 people are believed to be imprisoned in the network. Human rights activists say images could help build pressure to close them. Inmates forced to eat rats and even pick through faeces in bid for survival.
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[p-6493][p-6492]The freely available application is being utilised by human rights activists to unmask the scale of the forced labour camps where more than 200,000 people are imprisoned.

Amnesty International is among the organisations that have praised the use of Google Earth in helping to reveal the truth in one of the world's most secretive states.

The freely available application is being utilised by human rights activists to unmask the scale of the forced labour camps where more than 200,000 people are imprisoned.

Amnesty International is among the organisations that have praised the use of Google Earth in helping to reveal the truth in one of the world's most secretive states.

Spokesman Neil Durkin told MailOnline: '[Camp] inmates have been reduced to eating rats or picking corn kernels out of animal waste to survive, and an estimated 40% of detainees die of malnutrition.

'For years the North Korean authorities have tried to deny the very existence of these camps - so if commercial satellite mapping can help support what we've been able to show about the extent of a secret network of prison camps, then it could be helpful in putting pressure on the authorities to get them closed down.

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