Mass Rescue of ‘Slaves’ in China – BBC News

_43023539_brickworkers203.jpg From BBC News:

More than 200 people, including 29 children, have been rescued after working as “slaves” in brick kilns in central China, state media reports.

Tens of thousands of police moved in on the kilns in Henan province, arresting 120 people, Xinhua news agency said.

They acted after media reports claimed that children were being forced to work in kilns in neighbouring Shanxi province, Xinhua said.

Xinhua said that, following the reports of child labour, some 35,000 police were despatched to the 7,500 kilns in Henan.

They reportedly rescued 217 people, including 29 children.

Xinhua said the victims had been “enticed or sent by human traffickers to the kilns”, where they were “beaten, starved and forced to work long hours without payment”. [Full Text]

See also: Chinese Fathers of Child Slaves Seek Help Online on Reuters.

June 14, 2007 12:12 PM
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