In October 2000, a sixteen year-old Falun Dafa practitioner from Hebei Province went to Tiananmen Square to peacefully appeal for Falun Dafa. She was arrested and detained at a local detention center. To protest the illegal arrest, she went on a hunger strike at the detention center. Under orders from the deputy head and a director at the center, police officers inserted a tube through the practitioner's nose and administered a large amount of salt water, injuring her stomach. At the detention center, she and other Dafa practitioners protested together. They demanded the right to practice the Falun Gong exercises and their immediate, unconditional release. In response, the police physically abused them prior to sending them to a forced labor camp.

The girl was stripped of her clothing by the police. They used a high-powered electric baton to shock her on her face, mouth, behind the head, chest, armpits, inner thighs, and other sensitive areas of the body. She was forced to wear a set of heavy, cast iron shackles for nine days. During that time, her hands and feet were chained together so that she could not stand up straight or use the toilet on her own. The police also chained practitioners together in pairs. To force the young girl to give up the practice, the policemen placed her in solitary confinement for over three months. After ten months of detention, her father paid 4,000 Yuan [500 Yuan is the average monthly income for an urban worker in China] to bail her out. She was also expelled from school for her belief in Falun Dafa.

Between February 2002 and November 2002, the policemen harassed the girl and her family during this so-called "sensitive period." On the evening of November 3rd, policemen from a local police station broke into their home through a window after they tried, and failed, to break in through the door. They kidnapped the girl and her mother, who tried to resist the illegal arrest. The policemen tied them together that night and used an electric baton to shock them. The next day they were both sent to a detention center. By that time, the police had already extorted 6,000 Yuan from the girl's father. He paid another 2,000 Yuan at the police station to bail out his daughter. The police, however, put the girl into a police station dormitory for the purpose of "constant surveillance." She was forced to stay there for ten days, and her family was charged 300 Yuan a day. After another 3,000 Yuan was extorted, she was finally allowed to go home.