March 12, 2003

( On July 21, 1999, Dafa practitioner Ms. Jiao Fangyu, a worker at Shandong Laiwu Steel International Corp. (Laiwu Steel) was kidnapped in a hotel near the Provincial Government in Shandong Province and was escorted back to Laiwu Steel. Persons from the "610 Office"* of Laiwu Steel persecuted her for several days. In the middle of December 1999, she went to Beijing to explain the truth of Falun Dafa and was kidnapped to the Tiananmen Square police station where the police officers threatened and illegally detained her for about 12 hours.

In January 2000, Jiao Fangyu went to the Appeals Office of the central government in Beijing. The police kidnapped and then transferred her back to Laiwu Steel. The "610 Office" authorities from Laiwu Steel illegally detained her for over 60 days. During the detention, the "610 Office" authorities put men and women detainees together in the same cells. She was "fined" over 4,500 Yuan and had to pay a "deposit" of 10,000 Yuan.

In April 2001, Jiao Fangyu and practitioner Zhang Wenhua were kidnapped while handing out Dafa truth-clarifying materials and were kept in a detention center for a month. The evil people in the detention center hung them up and beat them, humiliated them and electrically shocked them. They were then transferred back to the Laiwu Steel. Zhang Wenhua and Jiao Fangyu were both sentenced to three years of forced labor. At that time Jiao Fangyu was already four months pregnant. The evil people from Laiwu Steel's "610 Office" forcibly made her undergo an abortion. Twenty days later, when Jiao Fangyu was transferred to the Zhibo police station, they refused to take her in. Laiwu Steel's "610 Office" people again took her away under a ruse and detained her again for over a month. At the end of October 2001, she was transferred to the Provincial No. 2 Women's Labor Camp and has been detained there since then.

* "610 Office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.