She nearly starved in North Korea.
She escaped to China, and like most female defectors, was captured by sex-traders and sold as a wife.
North Koreans live in fear in China as they can be sent back to North Korea which means detention in their Gulag system. Execution occurs if defectors came in contact with Christian missionaries in China.
She lived that life for 9 years and had two children.
Her second escape was to South Korea via the aid organization LiNK - Liberty in North Korea.
Here is LiNK's blog post with a big DONATE button at the bottom.