China’s Overlap Between Labor and Prisons

The Christmas shopping season is almost over. For many shoppers around the world, a lot of what they see will have this label: Made in China. For over a decade, China has turned into the world’s factory, thanks to a penal system that provides super-low cost labor. [Lu Jianhua, Former Slave Labor] “The prison guards tell us we’re slaves. They use whips and electric batons to make us work. We are never able to finish quotas, and they squeeze what they can from us.” Lu Jianhua spent four years in the Shenyang First Women’s Prison in Liaoning province. It’s not an ordinary prison, though. For international traders, this place is also called the “Shenyang Zhongji Enterprise Company, Limited.” According to online searches, the two places share the same address. This e-commerce website says t

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