|02-20-2005, 06:54 AM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
When You Buy Chinese
It's real easy to read where a product is manufactured from. If you must shop a discount store (Walmart, Target, Kmart, etc...) don't buy Chinese crap! Almost all of these products are produced with slave labor.
Laogai Camps of the People's Republic of China and the products they produce.
Americans Fund Slave Labor
Wes Vernon, NewsMax.com
WASHINGTON – Americans during the past Christmas season shelled out millions for merchandise made by slave labor. It was “the season to be merry,” as Americans unwittingly snapped up bargains on the backs of prisoners whose only crime was to question the authority of their communist masters. Often they were beaten and literally worked to death without adequate food or health care.
Chinese dissident Harry Wu has exposed the goings-on behind the “Bamboo Curtain” in the book “Troublemaker,” published by NewsMax.com.
It is against U.S. law to sell goods made by slave labor. Wu shows how the Chinese dictatorship hides the fact that slave labor makes much of what you buy.
It’s that “Made in China” label you see on sweaters, hardware, toys or whatever at your neighborhood shopping mall. At least at the mall, the shopper can look for the label and decide whether to buy. What frustrates some shoppers is that it’s often difficult if not impossible to find anything they want that was not made in China by slave labor.
And it’s getting worse. The author cites official reports showing that China’s exports to the United States in 1985 were $3.8 billion. By 1994, China was exporting $31 billion to America, while the U.S. was selling only $9 billion in goods and business to China.
The High Cost of China's Laogai
The Epoch Times
With his teeth cracked and hands bleeding, Wan Guifu struggled to split one more watermelon seed with his teeth. For him working outside in the freezing cold over 10 hours a day came with little choice—it was either work to produce Hand-picked Melon Seeds for the labor camp or be beaten until unconscious. At 57 years old Wan worked until he could no longer accomplish this brutal task, and was beaten to death by his fellow inmates at the Lanzhou No. 1 Detention Center in China.
The seeds Wan was forced to produce, Zhenglin Hand-picked Melon Seeds, are now currently exported throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Southeast Asia and Taiwan. Through the use of this type of slave labor Lanzhou Zhenglin Nongken Foods Ltd. has become the largest producer of roasted nuts in China with sales reaching 460 million Yuan. (US $55 million)
Free and Endless Supply of Workers
China’s booming economy continues to increase through its use of slave labor or Laogai camps. Laogai means “reform through labor.” It’s a system of prison factories and detention centers set up by former Chinese leader Mao Zedong during the 1950’s as a means to re-educate through labor and increase economic gain for the People’s Republic of China. As of 1979, there were apparently only several thousand people being forced to work in the Laogai system. Today it has become an enormous source of free labor and financial profit for the Chinese government. According to estimates from the Laogai Research Foundation, there are 6.8 million people incarcerated in China’s 1,100 labor institutions.
For those incarcerated in these facilities, the reality they face is long hours of brutal treatment with little sleep or food to sustain themselves. Reports of 20-hour work days and violent oppression force some detainees to choose suicide instead of being beaten, starved, or worked to death according to a paper by Stephen D. Marshall, “Chinese Laogai: a hidden role in ‘Developing Tibet.” Others mutilate or injure themselves in an effort to avoid the work. Inmates who fall behind or refuse to work are shocked with electric batons, beaten, sexually assaulted, or thrown into solitary confinement. Among those that make up the population in these labor camps are criminals, political prisoners, and practitioners of the spiritual practice Falun Gong, who reportedly now make up to half of those detained in the Laogai labor system.
Who Uses Slave Labor?
Forced labor has become both a form a torture and a source of great profit for China. With the enormous amount of free labor that comes from Laogai, China has lured many overseas businesses into its profit-through-slave-labor system. With ridiculously cheap wholesale labor costs many cannot resist the bait and unknowingly come to support this illegal practice.
Common everyday products ranging from artificial Christmas trees, Christmas tree lights, bracelets, tools and foodstuffs, et cetera are among some of the products manufactured and exported from these facilities. According to a 1998 House Committee on International Relations report, companies who reportedly have or had products made in China’s Laogai are Midas, Staples, Chrysler, and Nestle′. A recent report from one detainee in the Changji Labor Camp in Xinjiang states the Tianshan Wooltex Stock Corporation Ltd., a contractor to Changji Labor Camp, makes products for overseas companies such as Banana Republic, Neiman Marcus, Bon Genie, Holt Renfrew, French Connection and others. Orders from Banana Republic number between 200,000 and 280,000 pieces a year.
The products made in these facilities are produced by people who are forced to work in unsafe and unhealthy conditions. Detainees in Laogai have said that because of malnutrition, sleep deprivation and stress they often contract lice, scabies, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and other ailments. Sick detainees are still forced to work. Many are not allowed to take showers for long periods of time, allowing all manner of bodily substances to come into contact with the items they manufacture. These products are then shipped all over the world.
|02-20-2005, 08:48 PM||#2|
Mo' holla fo' yo' dolla!
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: In a bunker in an undisclosed location
Wal-Mart violates child labor laws. Punishment? A sweetheart deal.