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Plea for Help From Man Claiming to Be Chinese Prisoner Found in Saks Bag
DNAinfo New York ^ | 29 April 2014 | Serena Solomon

Posted on 04/30/2014 3:20:08 PM PDT by Theoria

Stephanie Wilson was reaching for a receipt inside a paper shopping bag from Saks Fifth Avenue when she found a letter pleading, "HELP HELP HELP."

The message, written in blue ink on white lined paper, appeared to be a desperate cry from a man who said he made the bag while being unfairly held in a Chinese prison factory more than 7,000 miles away.

"We are ill-treated and work like slaves for 13 hours every day producing these bags in bulk in the prison factory," continued the letter, which was tucked into the bottom of the bag. It ended, "Thanks and sorry to bother you."

"I read the letter and I just shook," said Wilson, 28, an Australian who lives in West Harlem. "I could not believe what I was reading."

The note, which Wilson found after buying a pair of Hunter rain boots at Saks in September 2012, was signed Tohnain Emmanuel Njong and was accompanied by a small passport-photo sized color picture of a man in an orange jacket, she said.

The letter, which also included a Yahoo email address on the back, triggered a hunt for the whereabouts of the mystery man.

(Excerpt) Read more at dnainfo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: china; communism; manufactoring; prison; saks
'"It was the biggest surprise of my life," said Njong. “I am just happy that someone heard my cry."'
1 posted on 04/30/2014 3:20:09 PM PDT by Theoria
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2 posted on 04/30/2014 3:20:27 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Theoria

Bizarre. I’m glad he’s free. But from what little we know, there are many prisoners in North Korea that will live and die in slave labor camps.


3 posted on 04/30/2014 3:26:25 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Theoria

We buy lots of stuff made by Chinese slaves. The only way to avoid it is not to buy ANYTHING made in China.


4 posted on 04/30/2014 3:28:40 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: Theoria
Wilson, who has never spoken to Njong, said she thinks about his plea for help all the time. She had always been mindful of the products she purchased and where they were made in a bid to avoid sweatshop labor.....

Right....because not buying things will suddenly make places with long histories of human rights abuses utopic.

5 posted on 04/30/2014 3:30:04 PM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: Constitution Day

“HELP HELP HELP.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNE7kdIDgJA


6 posted on 04/30/2014 3:30:33 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Theoria
This isn't play on the old joke about a message found in a fortune cookie that read “ "Help, I'm being held in a Chinese Fortune cookie factory".is it ?
7 posted on 04/30/2014 3:33:31 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Theoria

Interesting.

I don’t quite know what to make of this.


8 posted on 04/30/2014 3:34:44 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: Theoria

This man does not look Chinese to me. Is there more information?


9 posted on 04/30/2014 3:41:58 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: Theoria

The way prison works in China is that inmates have to literally earn their keep. While I have no idea if whatever is produced actually pays for the cost of incarceration, I’ve read (only from English-language sources, owing to the limits of my Berlitz-acquired conversational Chinese skills) that meals are served, contingent on individual production quotas.


10 posted on 04/30/2014 3:42:40 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Theoria

I used to work at Kerrville State Hospital. I would get donated items from Volunteer Services for prizes for games with the patients. One donated item was a wooden keychain bearing the words “Help, Get me out of here”. The keychains were made locally at a ranch....

later named the Ellebracht Slave Ranch when it was discovered the owner picked up hitchikers, and enslaved, even murdered them for free labor. It wasn’t until later when the slave ranch was exposed that I wondered if the maker of the key chain was issuing a cry for help.

http://knowledgenuts.com/2014/02/01/the-modern-day-texas-slave-ranch/


11 posted on 04/30/2014 3:43:30 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: Theoria

I found a note in a Chinese Fortune Cookie at the Peking Moon almost like that. I took the note to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC and asked them to help him.
They said they’d look into the matter. That was 30 years ago and I haven’t heard from them.


12 posted on 04/30/2014 3:43:59 PM PDT by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go! The Pack will be back in 2014!)
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To: sockmonkey

unreal


13 posted on 04/30/2014 3:47:07 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: TaMoDee

14 posted on 04/30/2014 3:53:25 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

15 posted on 04/30/2014 3:54:07 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
We buy lots of stuff made by Chinese slaves. The only way to avoid it is not to buy ANYTHING made in China.

I do my best but there are a lot things, I find, that claim to be made in USA or other places that are made of Chinese materials.

I almost lost my boat a few years ago when a "Made in USA" wire rope stay came apart in a gale at sea. I later learned that, in fact, all the wire comes from China. It is laid up into cable in US mills and therefore "Made in USA". Such is the case with a good many "Domestic" products and most imports from Europe and elsewhere too.

16 posted on 04/30/2014 3:57:22 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Theoria

This guy is an African and it’s either a scam, or it’s a hoax by some class-warfare loving lefty to guilt rich people into not shopping Saks.

SCAM SCAM SCAM

Pretty shrewd.


17 posted on 04/30/2014 4:01:52 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Ever tried that? Even American made products might have some Chinese parts in it. My American Made bicycle has Chinese made parts on it.


18 posted on 04/30/2014 4:09:53 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Theoria

Yahoo email address, huh?

From a desperate African guy, huh...?

Kay, well, ANY person who responds to that email addy is SOMEONE SYMPATHETIC.

Who shops at Saks Avenue.

See where this is going...?

This is just the latest twist on the “General Mombutu bids you kindest warm salutations in the highest confidence, and asks you for cooperation in sensitive banking matter, though your commission will sadly be limited to only FOURTEEN MILLION U.S. DOLLARS.”

And most people don’t realize that that is an African variation on a scam that dates literally from the French Revolution, the ole,

“I am a deposed French royal stuck in a Spanish prison, and I need a small amount of money to get out of jail and later access my enormous gold fortune, spirited out of pre-Revolutionary France...”

Yeah, that’s where those guys in Lagos got that —they didn’t even make it up, not really.

And even THAT scam is a twist on another one that goes back several hundred MORE years.


19 posted on 04/30/2014 4:11:00 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Theoria

The Chinese probably figure if their new friends the Arabs can take African slaves anytime they want, why can’t we do it too. The Western liberals don’t care. They only care about slavery from 150 years ago, not slavery today. Slavery today is fine, as long as you are Arab, or I guess now it’s ok for the Chinese, too. Certainly no one at Brandeis University will care about it.


20 posted on 04/30/2014 4:22:26 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: gaijin

You don’t think it’s possible for someone from Cameroon to have been imprisoned in China? We do have these things called “aeroplanes” now...


21 posted on 04/30/2014 4:27:07 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: sockmonkey

It’s worth following that link just to see the picture of the guy (in the comments section) dressed up as a penis for Halloween.


22 posted on 04/30/2014 4:50:49 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: Theoria

wow, I wonder how many black chinamen know how to read and write Engrish?


23 posted on 04/30/2014 4:54:21 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: ponygirl
It’s worth following that link just to see the picture of the guy (in the comments section) dressed up as a penis for Halloween.

Actually, I just typed in Ellebracht Slave Ranch, and linked to the second thing that came up..Guess I should've linked to Wikipedia.

24 posted on 04/30/2014 4:54:54 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: ExCTCitizen; Chuckster

Yup


25 posted on 04/30/2014 5:52:33 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: Jemian

Hope this helps! I too thought he certainly didn’t appear Chinese. From the article: “Unprompted, Njong described obscure details in the letter, like its mention of Samuel Eto’o, a professional soccer player on English premiere league team Chelsea, who like Njong is from Cameroon in West Africa.

He added that he wrote a total of five letters while he was behind bars — some in French that he hid in bags labeled with French words, and others in English, he said.

Njong, who is now 34, said he had been teaching English in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen when he was arrested in May 2011 and charged with fraud, a crime he said he never committed.”


26 posted on 05/01/2014 12:02:57 AM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I haven’t heard that song in what seems like forever.

I miss the early days of MTV! Good times.


27 posted on 05/01/2014 12:34:18 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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