[Editor's Note: I never go into Walmart
because I don't want to buy Chinese Products made with forced Chinese laborers
and I don't want to support an Illuminati corporation that is aiding in
the takeover and destruction of America. When you buy cheap Chinese goods,
you accelerate the loss of manufactured goods from other domestic or foreign
sources. The reason that our courts today are handing out long prison sentences
for relatively minor crimes such as growing marijuana (E.g. 99 years), is
to build a free labor prison population here in America which will be used
(after the NWO takeover) in exactly the same manner as the imprisoned Chinese
laborers described in this article. You also need to realize that in a few
years, Russia and China will make war on the United States. When that happens,
where are we going to get out manufactured goods (from steel to toasters)
from? The closed American factories littering the landscape? ..Ken]
By Riordan Galluccio (The Epoch Times)
March 24, 2004
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 Nestles.
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
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.
Stopping Laogai Products
Laws on the books that outlaw slave labor products have not been
able to stop the tide of illegally and inhumanely manufactured merchandise
from being shipped and traded worldwide. For example, since 1983 it has
been illegal to import goods into the United States made through using slave
labor. According to the Laogai Research Foundation China's government publicly
guaranteed to stop the export of slave labor products in October 1991.
In 1992, China and the United States signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) in an effort to enable the US access to information
it needed to control its import ban on prison labor products. According
to this MOU the Chinese government had committed itself to investigating
all claims of slave labor.
The agreement proved to be worth little in real results, given
the profits China stood to lose from its free source of labor the Laogai
system provides. Brushing aside requests from the US for answers on the
issue, China provides "sanitized" camps for inspectors. Other
tactics used to ensure production continues include false holding companies,
changing addresses, and mixing labor camp output and non-prison businesses
"Thus, the commercial exploitation of slaves in China's
labor camps is effectively an open secret in the world of commerce,"
says Harry Wu, founder of the Laogai Research Foundation.
This "open secret" Wu speaks of has become more
and more difficult to conceal. Survivors of the Laogai system continue to
publicly speak out about the forced labor and torture they have experienced.
In addition, organizations such as the Laogai Research Foundation and the
World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong continue
to investigate the Chinese government's use of slave labor as a source for
economic growth and to expose the products manufactured in Laogai.
Although China continues to currently benefit from its "prison
economy," it may ultimately be the world's consumers who control the
fate of the Laogai. As the world comes to realize the blood, sweat and tears
going into the products they buy it might not be so easy to purchase them
no matter how low the price.
STRASBOURG, France, Feb 9, Reuter -- The European Union should ban the sale
of goods produced by forced labour in China until Beijing ends the practice
and improves human rights, the European Parliament said on Wednesday.The
expansion of cooperation between the Union and China should be dependent
on China ratifying the United Nations International Covenant on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights and the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
the parliament said in a resolution. Calling for the inclusion of a human
rights clause in EU trade agreements with third countries, it said it would
not approve any new cooperation agreement with China until there were "significant
changes" there. The parliament, whose vote is not binding on EU states,
also called on China to respect the human rights of the people of Tibet
and to open negotiations with the Dalai Lama, Tibet's religious leader,
and the Tibetan government-in-exile. According to a report by Italian Green
Maria Adelaide Aglietta, Chinese authorities are trying to stamp out Buddhist
education and Tibetan culture.Over 95 percent of temples and monestaries
have been destroyed, the report said. In addition, "draconian"
birth control policies have made the six million Tibetans a minority in
their own country, where the 7.5 million Chinese hold 70 percent of administrative
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