This is why we should start making products in our own country. It brings jobs back home and would put a stop to these abuses. We already know of the
abuses but so much of our everyday life now revolves around China that we are nearly forced to put up with it. Corporations and businesses trying to
cut corners screw us out of decent pay and these people out of basic rights. It's sick and needs to stop.peace,sugarcookie1
Oregon native Julie Keith has found herself in the middle of one of China's biggest controversies, the persecution of the Falun Gong meditation
It all started more than a year ago when she purchased a 17-piece graveyard kit at a local Kmart. It was sitting in storage for a year until this past
October. She was just about to donate it because it was collecting dust, but decided to use it for her daughter's fifth birthday party, which falls
right before Halloween.
[Julie Keith, Portland, Oregon]:
"And as I opened some of the Styrofoam headstones, a note popped out. I opened the note and it was from this person pleading for help in the labor
camp in China and wasn't sure what to do with it."
The letter, written at the Masanjia Labor Camp in Shenyang, northeast China, paints a grizzly picture.
"If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under
the persicution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever."
The letter claims detainees work 15-hour days and are paid less than $2 USD a month for forced labor. It says thousands are held there, and that many
are persecuted Falun Gong practitioners.
And it doesn't end there. It goes on to say, "People who work here, suffer punishment 1-3 years averagely, but without Court Sentence (unlaw
punishment). Many of them are Falun Gong practitioners, who are totally innocent people only because they have different believe to CCPG. They often
suffer more punishment than others."
[Julie Keith, Damascus, Oregon]:
" The first thing I did was Google the labor camp and it horrified me... some of the stories coming from there. But it really made me happy that I
don't live in a country where that kind of thing happens."
China's labor re-education system is notorious for rights abuses. The system is used heavily in the Communist regime's persecution of the Falun Gong
spiritual practice. In 2008, the US State Department estimated up to half of the 200,000 registered detainees in Chinese labor camps were Falun Gong
[Julie Keith, Damascus, Oregon]:
"I was aware there were prison camps and forced labor, but just not anything so horrific."
Julie says she's she spoken to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations, who are now looking into the claims.
I agree this letter should be read by everyone its horrifying whats going on in Masanjia Forced Labor Camp's there is thousands of these people
suffering..I was going to post some pictures and decided not to but thanks for linking to the photos and for posting peace,sugarcookie1
And yet people will still buy the products made from these camps in droves, all to save a few bucks.
We have allowed ourselves to become to interdependent on cheap labor abroad to the detriment of all.
The middle classes suffer as their jobs are sent overseas, and the populations of these country suffer as the demand for cheep goods crushes their
All so that wal mart can make a profit.
As an example take Fox conn and who uses them.
Barnes & Noble
Every single one of us sitting on ATS reading this thread has personal responsibility in this matter, each one of us is typing on a machine that was
most likely made possible by horrible labor practices.
The blood is on each of our hands.
We need to demand better from our Representatives, demand higher tariffs and trade reform, and we need voice our outrage with our wallets.
But that will never happen, cant be bothered to pay more for an iphone to ensure Humane labor practices now can we.
Thank you for posting..I stoped buying from wal mart for this reason everything in that store is made in china and yes were all guilty of buying this
garbage including me sitting here watching my Vizio TV i got it because it was cheap and what i could afford at the time..
Higher tariffs and trade reform your right it wont happen and its a shame soon there will no jobs in the USA they will all be out sourced to china and
those poor people pay the price for our greed..peace,sugarcookie1
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