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Plea for help from Chinese labor camp worker paid $1.61 per MONTH found stuffed in Oregon woman's
Daily Mail ^ | 12/27/12 | Helen Pow

Posted on 12/27/2012 9:06:29 AM PST by Nachum

Oregon mother Julie Keith expected to find Styrofoam headstones in the graveyard kit she bought at Kmart for Halloween.

What she didn't expect was a desperate plea for help from one of the Chinese laborers forced to make the holiday decorations in brutal conditions.

The 42-year-old charity worker from Portland discovered the chilling letter hidden between the two novelty headstones when she opened the kit in October.

'Sir: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization,' the unsigned note, that was folded into eighths, read.

'Thousands people here who are under the persicution [sic] of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.'

The letter's author said the Halloween product was made in Masanjia Labor Camp in Shenyang, China, where laborers are forced to work for 15 hours a day without time off on the weekends and holidays.

'Otherwise, they will suffer torturement, beat and rude remark. [sic] Nearly no payment,' they wrote in choppy English accompanied by Chinese characters.

The plea said workers at the labor camp make only 10 yuan per month - the equivalent to $1.61.

The China director at Human Rights Watch, Sophie Richardson, told The Oregonian that the origin or authenticity of the letter couldn't be confirmed.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: camp; chinese; kmart; labor
Full title: Plea for help from Chinese labor camp worker paid $1.61 per MONTH found stuffed in Oregon woman's Halloween decorations from Kmart
1 posted on 12/27/2012 9:06:40 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

How long before they are getting notes from US?


2 posted on 12/27/2012 9:10:02 AM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Nachum

Didn’t know that many Chinese workers could write in English.

Don’t doubt the facts in the letter though.


3 posted on 12/27/2012 9:15:17 AM PST by Venturer
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To: rawcatslyentist
Never ... y'gutt'a actually make something in order to BE shipped
4 posted on 12/27/2012 9:16:17 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Venturer

These are re-education labor camps. Would stand to reason at least one would be somewhat educated. It’s not a sweat shop where people can’t do anything else but work there.


5 posted on 12/27/2012 9:16:46 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine
Did they ask for money also or say you inherited 6 million dollars but I did 500 to process the paper work.
6 posted on 12/27/2012 9:19:54 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: rawcatslyentist

Exactly. These labor camps are AKA re-education camps. Basically, they are jails for criminals who are often held without a trial.

We Americans can gasp and act offended at the harsh realities of the Chinese system. All the while as we sit in a pot of water like a frog not realizing how warm its getting here in the USA.

The poor Chinese. They had no choice in living the Communist life. At least we Americans had a choice. At least we voted and elected in this lifestyle.

That makes a difference, right?

(right?)


7 posted on 12/27/2012 9:21:44 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Nachum

Every new GM should come with a similar letter from a poor, downtrodden union member asking for a donation to the UAW.


8 posted on 12/27/2012 9:22:24 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Nachum

Way to go, you numb nuts reporter. Make sure you describe exactly the item the note came from. Guess you could have included closeup photos and dusted for fingerprints while you were at it.


9 posted on 12/27/2012 9:24:03 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: riverrunner

What?


10 posted on 12/27/2012 9:32:23 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Nachum
Why did I think the China man was in the box?

The letter, ok, I got it now...

5.56mm

11 posted on 12/27/2012 9:41:25 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Nachum

I read this yesterday on Fox website. Only I think that report said the item was purchased at a Goodwill, a resale shop.


12 posted on 12/27/2012 9:44:44 AM PST by virgil
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To: Responsibility2nd
gang rape and stoning to death of women in the arab countries....burning of Christian churches....slavery endemic in the north of Africa and in other middle eastern countries....political prisoners in China becoming human organ donors and slaves....

these are the real "inconvenient" truths.....the truths that the hollow-wood crowd and the elite SCM rather not talk about it....

basically because they don't care...they only care about issues they can rant on to feel so superior...actually ending atrocities is not in their game plan...

13 posted on 12/27/2012 9:48:16 AM PST by cherry
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To: Nachum
So that old joke, "Help, I'm a prisoner in a Chinese cookie factory" on the fortune in your fortune cookie isn't a joke?
14 posted on 12/27/2012 10:05:29 AM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Nachum

Hoax.


15 posted on 12/27/2012 10:15:50 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Bread and Circuses; Everyone to the Coliseum!)
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To: rawcatslyentist
How long before they are getting notes from US?
soon..soon..0'Buttcrack, Just won the election from hapless Myth...
unforetunely; ppl. just couldn't see a difference(s) between 0'Buttcrack & 0'Myth

16 posted on 12/27/2012 10:16:47 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0Bama man can :-)
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To: Nachum

Too bad they don’t have assault weapons, like us, here in the USA, right?

Oh, wait...


17 posted on 12/27/2012 10:33:14 AM PST by gaijin
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To: Nachum

You would be surprised at the number of Chinese people who do speak English.


18 posted on 12/27/2012 10:54:46 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
You would be surprised at the number of Chinese people who do speak English.

Right you are. My room mate in College (and my best friend) were Chinese. Got to know him and his family well.

19 posted on 12/27/2012 10:56:39 AM PST by Nachum (The List is off the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: rawcatslyentist
How long before they are getting notes from US?

We'll have to find another way of sending the notes - packing them in with items that we manufacture and export clearly won't work.

20 posted on 12/27/2012 10:57:21 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Nachum

Yeah, ok.....but I bet Julie bought that graveyard kit at a really good price.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist saying that. I do hope the factory working conditions improve there.

But really, in China today for millions of people it’s work long, hard hours in the factorys whereas yesterday it was work long, hard hours in the fields as a farm laborer.

In backward or emerging economies the world over, human labor is the commodity for sale and it goes cheap.


21 posted on 12/27/2012 11:00:58 AM PST by citizen (We get the government we choose. America either voted for Obama or handed it to him by not voting.)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
You would be surprised at the number of Chinese people who do speak English.

From everything I've read, (and other anecdotal evidence), about 20%. That's roughly 400 million. More than the pop. of the U.S.

Welcome to FR.

5.56mm

22 posted on 12/27/2012 11:01:18 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Has it been debunked somewhere? Would appreciated info.


23 posted on 12/27/2012 11:02:32 AM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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Of course, the most interesting (or entertaining, or sadistic) part of all this is how the Free Trade Communists, who blindly support Free Trade with Communist China, will spin this

Ni Hao, Chairman Mao...spin away


24 posted on 12/27/2012 12:27:57 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Fiscal Conservatives are Neither)
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To: lonevoice

Not that I can find but, it conveniently fits a “progressive” world-view.

I don’t trust the veracity of it, at all.


25 posted on 12/27/2012 12:30:24 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Bread and Circuses; Everyone to the Coliseum!)
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To: lonevoice

Not that I can find but, it conveniently fits a “progressive” world-view.

I don’t trust the veracity of it, at all.


26 posted on 12/27/2012 12:31:12 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Bread and Circuses; Everyone to the Coliseum!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Actually, being able to pay a laborer $1.61/hr in a sweatshop environment convenienty fits the “capitalist” world view/ wet dream.


27 posted on 12/27/2012 12:39:02 PM PST by ksen
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

OK, thanks.


28 posted on 12/27/2012 2:17:03 PM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: Venturer
"Reform Through Labor" in China

Impeach the kenyan or secession.


29 posted on 12/27/2012 5:04:56 PM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Nachum.


30 posted on 12/29/2012 12:20:12 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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