(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners Frank and Sam [they have asked to have only their new first names printed] had been detained, beaten and subjected to forced labor in China before they came to Australia in 2008.

They were persecuted in China for practicing Falun Gong.

According to West Australia newspaper The Sunday Times' report published on October 5, 2013. Frank and Sam together with their fellow practitioner Dr. Albert Lin have been raising people's awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. They told their persecution experience.

The report stated that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started the persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999.

“Frank was detained in 2001 for two years. He was forced to make cheap products, such as Christmas decorations and suits.

“To be sent to a labour camp, it does not need any judge or lawyers, they just have to say you are breaking these rules, you are damaging to society, you need to stay in labour camp,” Frank said.

“When he was not in a sweat shop, Frank said he was tortured. In one instance, police tied him to a chair and subjected him to electric shocks for hours.”

“One night fellow prisoners tied him to a bed and beat him until his arms were black and swollen.”

Sam is a chemical engineer, and his wife, an accountant.

The report stated, “In 2001, Sam was babysitting a friend's children when he was arrested.

“At the police station, Sam was hung from a window frame, beaten and had ice poured down his pants.

“He was then put in detention for the next nine months where he made plastic flowers.

“Sam said he was never sent to a labour camp because the government wanted him to spy on his friends.”

Frank and Sam both said that Falun Gong practitioners in China are still being persecuted.

Dr Lin said he felt that he must speak out after it was revealed in 2006 that practitioners had their organs harvested when they were still alive.

The report stated, “To raise awareness of about the oppression of Falun Gong in China, Dr Lin has organised free screenings of two documentaries Free China and Transcending Fear at the State Library.”