Products Made With Slave Labor - Colorful Lanterns at the Zhongba Forced Labor Camp in Guizhou Province
(Clearwisdom.net) There are seven brigades at the Zhongba Forced Labor Camp in Guizhou Province, each of which makes slave labor products. "Slave labor" here refers to the fact that the guards in the labor camp use brutality to force the prisoners to manufacture products under adverse conditions. Prisoners must work about 16 hours every day. Those not completing their production tasks receive various kinds of corporal punishments, are subjected to barbaric torture, or have their terms in the labor camp extended. These production tasks are also assigned to those "reeducated-through-forced labor personnel" hospitalized in the Zhongba Forced Labor Camp Hospital.
At present, the slave labor products made in the Zhongba Forced Labor Camp include polished man-made crystal gems, various kinds of colorful lanterns, and electronic products. The cheap labor costs in these forced labor camps have prompted the manufacturers of such labor-intensive products to transfer the fabrication of their products to these forced labor camps to reap high profits.
Many of these products are exported to other countries. For example, the Fifth Brigade at the Zhongba Forced Labor Camp that aims specifically to persecute the imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners primarily produces colorful lanterns, which are exported mostly to European countries, including Belgium, Italy, and France, North American countries, and other Asian countries. The production merchant is Zhuhai Chili Electronic Ltd.
According to the staff of Chili Electronic Ltd., a lot of the processing and production of the company's many colored lanterns in Zhuhai have been transferred to forced labor camps. Its main plant is focused only on the production of technically difficult color lanterns and the quality testing and packaging of products processed in various forced labor camps and jails, which then become export products. The company exports on a large scale, and every year the value of its exported products is from twenty million to over one hundred million yuan. The Zhongba Forced Labor Camp in Guizhou alone has four production brigades, with more than 2,000 inmate workers. The production serial number of the Zhonba Forced Labor Camp in Guizhou is arranged as the 28th workshop in this company.
Many of the Chili Electronic Ltd. products are specially made for specific activities and holidays, with its peak of production just before Christmas every year. After Christmas, the lamps produced are the common varieties of colored lanterns.
It is worth mentioning here that when people are celebrating the holidays, the flashing lamps everyone is enjoying could have actually come from such forced labor camps, which are trampling and violating human rights and demanding excessive work quotas from the persecuted cheap labor. These products have not only upset markets values but also helped the persecution.
October 11, 2005