Like other posters said there were too much assumption made that skewed the OP's interpretations. But the OP's attempt is at least commendable.
To the OP: on second thought, I think you should find the person if you want to commit to this.
As a Chinese the handwriting of the word "fart" does look like to me it lacks the sophistication a mature educated person should have. I'd place
the age of the person at 8 to 16, unless he/she really missed the education in their childhood. Although I will not jump to the conclusion just
Posted for reference:
The best you can do is analyze more critically so as to eliminate all unfunded assumption. I know the word is "fart" not "pee", but using it as an
example, we should conclude that a person who knows how to spell a word in a non-mother tongue should also have the ability to write a single alphabet
correctly. These kind of thinking can uncloud the mind from initial impulsiveness.
Then what you can do next is investigate into it yourself. Talk to the store manager, get as much info as you can. Follow the lead through supply
chain to the factory. Then you will need the help of a local Chinese person in close proximity to the factory to help you with your identification
process. Of course there could be someone who can help with some or all of these as this is not an easy task. I'm abroad but I can offer help as an
online translator if it's gotten to that point.
Once you identified the writer and it's positive there is any child abuse going on in the factory, regardless of the initial assumption about the
picture, you should report the case to the local authority with the help of the local Chinese. The report hot line is "12333", which many cities and
provinces have it activated, such as Guangdong (I'm under the impression most toy factories are located there). In some province there's even
financial incentives (e.g. awarding the whistleblower 50% of the fine imposed on the offending company or factory) for reporting a child labor abuse
If the local means fall short, you can proceed to other international options such as ones posted earlier by other posters.
If it turns out to be just a happy child doodling, well you don't lose all as you gained yourself or for your son a friend oversea! I believe the
working of Yuanfen (see en.wikipedia.org...
), and you guys connected to this person for a reason. So why not enjoy and develop the
The way I see it is that there's really nothing to lose. Find the person and good luck with the journey!
[edit on 10-11-2009 by nighinfinite]