China Slavery Verdict Angers Families – Ching-Ching Ni

Apparently many family members of the victims of the Shanxi slave labor case are not appeased by the recent sentences handed down to brick kiln management:

“We are very angry. This sentence is too lenient,” said Zhang Shanlin, father of a young man so badly beaten and burned that he cannot walk without assistance. “The owner got off too easy. Without him, how could they have enslaved so many people?”

…Worried about the latest scandal’s potential to further tarnish the country’s reputation, officials have cracked down on 7,500 small kilns across north-central China and slapped more than a dozen kiln owners and foremen with jail terms. [Full text]

See also “Comments on Slavery from a Former Prisoner” from the Time China blog, which includes comments from Bao Tong about the brick kiln case.


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