Earlier, Ms. Gao Rongrong had been sent to a forced labor camp, where guards tortured her repeatedly burning her face with electric batons on May 7, 2004. Her situation became known throughout the world. On October 5, 2004, a kind person helped Ms. Gao Rongrong escape from the hospital while she was under arrest.

However, on May 3, 2005, Ms. Gao Rongrong was again arrested by police officers. Before Rongrong died, the officers of Zhangshi Forced Labor Camp of Shenyang City, Masanjia Forced Labor Camp, Judicature Office and Forced Labor Bureau of Liaoning Province, told to her family in a similar way, "It's okay. If anyone kills Gao Rongrong that person will be caught and punished. Don't waste your time coming to us. Go home and wait. We haven't heard anything from our top level authorities yet. Ms. Gao Rongrong will be fine." Ms. Gao Rongrong, just 37 years old, died while in the custody of CCP agents on June 16, 2005.