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Old 16th June 2007, 10:43 AM
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Workers rescued in May from a brick kiln in Linfen, in Shanxi Province, in northern China, in what has become an unfolding labor abuse scandal.


http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/16/wo...a/16china.html


There's a common chinese proverb, 求生不能,求死不得 - To feel worst than dying, and yet not allowed to die.



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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6759399.stm

China 'will catch slave owners'
China has pledged to bring to justice traffickers who enslaved hundreds of children and adults to work in brick kilns in two provinces.

As it prepared to send investigators to Henan and Shanxi, the government said that all captives would be freed.

Some 550 people have been liberated in recent weeks and families believe up to 1,000 children were enslaved.

The story made national headlines after parents of some of them launched an internet campaign for their freedom.

Children thought to be as young as eight years old were kidnapped, held captive and forced to work long hours for no pay.

The case has revealed the dark side of China's booming economy with forced labour and human trafficking common in rural areas, the BBC's Dan Griffiths reports from Beijing.

'All-out' search

Responding to calls for action by President Hu Jintao and other senior top politicians, the labour and social security ministry vowed to send a team of investigators to the two provinces.

The [local] officials said that we were illegal and so they came for money but they didn't do any more than that,
Zhang Mei
wife of arrested kiln-owner

"The team will find out the truth as soon as possible, and we will go all out to rescue the workers who have been forced to work as slaves in the brick kilns," a deputy minister, Sun Baoshu, was quoted as saying by the Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

"The criminal offenders will be dealt with to safeguard the legal interests of the workers."

Thousands of police have been checking building sites in the two provinces and have made scores of arrests, Chinese media report.

Provincial authorities in Shanxi have also said they will punish officials for dereliction of duty unless all abused workers are freed within 10 days.

'Jail-like'

The wife of one kiln-owner arrested by police said that officials had previously done nothing about the kilns other than ask for money from her husband.

"The officials said that we were illegal and so they came for money but they didn't do any more than that," Zhang Mei told Reuters news agency in Hongtong, Shanxi.

She also blamed a Hongtong foreman, Heng Tinghan, who had allegedly found workers and controlled them directly and is now wanted by police.

"We really didn't know they weren't getting money," Mrs Zhang said.

State TV reports prison-like conditions in the kilns where slaves were controlled with beatings or fierce dogs.

Some young male workers were shown to have festering wounds on their feet and waists, possibly from being burnt by the kilns where they worked.

Many labourers were reportedly abducted off the streets of regional towns and sold on for as little as 500 yuan ($66, £33), the AFP news agency reports, quoting Chinese press.



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China is a mess. They are also doing tons of bootleg body part sales.
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Sad story Touchring - it is good that it is being uncovered (and I can assure you it has nothing with international issues - the masses in China will be outraged by this.) Also perhaps good from an IDN point of view that the internet helped break the story.
I am more than sure a few heads will roll over this... as neither things mentioned are condoned as legal within China.

Please also note that these are very isolated incidents in the overall industry of China - in every country there are people who prosper at the expense of others (and yes the West also has these people) - but in all cases it does not make it right.
Please note that the news in the USA can be even more propaganda based than it even is in China - I was surprised with that & a little disappointed (so don't take one story to be indicative of the norm).

I wonder when the people in this thread last visited China... or if ever.
You are welcome to join me in my travels sometime - so you can get a first hand, more balanced view of realities there.

Cheers, Asiaplay

PS: I am not wanting to open a big discussion on the China issues nor Western issues - just put forward some balance to a couple of comments in this post (thanks).
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