Skip to comments.Purported Plea from Chinese labor camp found in Halloween decorations
Posted on 12/28/2012 7:05:25 PM PST by PanzerKardinal
An Oregon woman who found a Chinese laborer's plea for help hidden in a box of Halloween decorations says she thinks the letter, which describes brutal conditions inside a work camp, is authentic.
Julie Keith, 42, of Portland, bought a Halloween graveyard kit from Kmart last year and tucked it away in a storage box. When she opened the kit this October, she found the letter tucked in between two Stryofoam headstones.
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 [sic] of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.
This product produced by Unit 8, Department 2, Mashanjla Labour Camp, Shen Young, Liaoning, China.
People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday (or) Sunday break and any holidays, otherwise they will suffer torturement [sic], beat and rude remark, nearly no payment (10 Yuan/one month).
People who work here suffer punishment 1-3 years averagelly [sic], but without court sentence. Many of them are Falun Gong practitioners who are totally innocent people. Only because they have different believe [sic] to the CCPG, they often suffer more punishment than others.
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I always look at a product's country of origin before I buy and I often,but not always,say "no" to Chinese made goods.
Ice Homeland Security looking into it? They can’t even keep the illegals from walking across our borders. They are not even the right agency, it’s not our country.
I’m massively skeptical of this.
Your country isn’t really your country, according to “your” government. It might be more China’s country by now.
Looks like western writing. I don’t think that dirt-floor, sparking-wires sweatshop workers print English that way.
I'm not. The letter contains Chinese writing that is not translated in the post, however I'll wager it attempts to add clarity in Chinese to what the author assumes may be inadequate English writing.
But, bottom line, I would wager that the letter gains no relief from the slavery that so many Chinese suffer - particularly huge numbers of Christian Chinese.
The grand old unions of the US would, one thinks, at least be making a nominal stink about this.
Of all the world’s hell holes, which are the most hellish?
Americans won’t care.
The news won’t care.
Politicians won’t care.
You are assuming Americans have values and strive for the truth, that they still believe in a God, country, and family.
Hey,I don't live all that far from Harvard Yard or Wellesley College (think Hillary Clinton) and *I'd* release it.
I smell BS on this note. Why would the Chinese take Saturday and Sunday off? That is a western custom.
The writer is not a factory worker.
The writer is an inmate of a Lao Gai, a “Reform Through Labor” concentration camp.
There are almost 7 million inmate, most are being held for political or religious crimes.
It is not difficult to imagine the writer is a priest or a pastor who learned English by studying the Bible.
Understood. Good point.
>>I smell BS on this note. Why would the Chinese take Saturday and Sunday off? That is a western custom.
We don’t know for sure of course, but that is a good catch.
Sunday, or one day a week off for manual workers is pretty typical all over Asia, I think. But Saturday or a second day off - that is not common - more like rare.
I don’t buy it at all. The woman works for Goodwill and may think that this would help bring the plight of the sweatshop workers in China to the forefront. I am not against it being brought up, but I sincerely doubt this letter came from one of their workers. I realize there would be many bilinguals in China, but the penmanship and so on seems pretty advanced and Americanized. I very well may be wrong. JMHO
“The grand old unions of the US would, one thinks, at least be making a nominal stink about this.”
Is the USA the world’s policemen about a civil matter? It is none of the business of the USA how a foreign company treats its employees.
If I sign a contract with a company, be it domestic or foreign, to make and deliver to me X number of widgets then as long as that company delivers the product on time and to specs then it is none of my business how that company gets the job done.
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