Chinese authorities report that female child slaves at the Shanxi brick kiln camp as well as similar camps around the nation were not only forced to perform backbreaking labor for 16 hours a day but also served as prostitutes. From the China Post:
China’s slavery scandal widened Tuesday with the state-run press reporting that young girls had been forced into prostitution at a brickyard work camp where abuse and beatings were routine.
The latest reports come as the slavery ring that was initially reported only in Shanxi and Henan provinces in north and central China had in fact been operating elsewhere around the country for as long as a decade.[Full text]