The Shanxi brick kiln forced labor case is drawing a lot of attention from the Western media. From the New York Times:
The children, and many adults, reportedly, have been forced to work under brutal conditions ” scantily clothed, unpaid and often fed little more than water and steamed buns ” in the brick kilns of Shanxi Province.
As the stories spread across China this week, played prominently in newspaper headlines and on the Internet, a manhunt was announced midweek for Heng Tinghan, the foreman of one of the kilns, where 31 enslaved workers were recently rescued. [Full text]
See also “China to probe brickyard slavery” from the Los Angeles Times; “China ‘will catch slave owners'” from the BBC; “Slavery in China: “Who Can Save Our Children?” from the Time China blog; and “How media “guidance” works in China” from James Fallows’ blog. See CDT’s previous coverage of the case.