Dark Secrets Behind Flashy Merchandise – Slave Labor Products by Sichuan Province Women’s Prison (Part 3)

October 17, 2013 | By a Falun Gong practitioner from Sichuan Province

(Minghui.org) (Continued from Part 2:http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2013/10/11/142653.html )

Yue Embroidery

All the sketches shown in the photos are Yue embroidery designs.

Are these embroidery designs not pleasant to the eyes? Certainly, silk bed covers embroidered with these designs, using colorful silk threads, are appealing. At a bargain price, who wouldn’t buy them? After all, it is quite unlikely that anyone would even dream that behind these colorful products with their intricate designs are heartbreaking stories.

Additional patterns: http://pkg2.minghui.org/mh/2013/8/26/yue-xiu.zip

Seventy individual patterns are combined and embroidered on bedcovers by Falun Gong practitioners and other inmates. Yet, they are not paid.

For certain, these embroidered products are elegant and to be admired. However, before becoming delighted by the bargain price one should ask, “Under what circumstances were these products produced?”

Embroidered products are desirable if produced by a willing workforce, but for prisoners who are persecuted for their faith, producing these products is an agonizing process full of suffering. These prisoners are forced to produce large quantities and given a untenable quota. Besides there are deadlines that are very difficult to be met.

The workers are given the bare minimum of raw materials. Any faulty embroidery is cut off and redone. Anyone who doesn’t meet the deadline and quota is subjected to physical punishment and torture. Many relatively rich inmates are paying skilled inmates to do the work and in some cases they bribe prison guards to get a free pass.

When working on embroideries, inmates have to remain in a fixed position for a long period of time with no break. This is devastating to their health. In addition, they are allowed only a short time for eating and restroom visits. Besides, any time away from work has to be approved by a prison guards.

Producing these embroidered products is heartbreaking work. Sitting there and embroidering all day long is already difficult, but the worst is the fear that they may be punished if they don’t meet quotas and deadlines.

It is hard to imagine that these people have to work despite suffering back pain. Also, many develop poor eyesight due to the dim light in the workshop, which doesn’t get better when transferred to other jobs.


Dark Secrets Behind Flashy Merchandise – Slave Labor Products by Sichuan Province Women’s Prison (Part 2)

October 11, 2013 | by a Falun Gong practitioner in Sichuan Province

(Minghui.org) (Continued from Part 1:http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2013/9/13/141981.html )

For practicing Falun Gong, the communist regime sentenced me to Sichuan Province Women’s Prison in Yangmahe Town, Jianyang City. The following images are copies of designs we used to make Shu embroidery in prison. I secretly traced the patterns on carbon paper while making the products.

Shu Embroidery

There are two kinds of Shu embroidery: single-sided and double-sided. Shu embroidery requires splitting a thread into multiple strands. These embroidery patterns are designed for handkerchiefs to be sold in the Sanxingdui tourist areas. There are many patterns like this. There are also larger pieces of embroidery. For example, I used to embroider on Korean dresses that were exported to South Korea. The collars and wristbands were covered with embroidery.

But how many people know that these delicate dresses came from Chinese prisons?

Many Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners were forced to create these delicate Shu embroidery pieces. They had to work for more than ten hours per day. If they could not finish their quota, they would get two kinds of torture in monthly sessions.

Torture Used on Those Who Failed to Meet Quotas

1. “Planting Seedlings” Torture: The victims are forced to stand with legs straight and their finger tips touching toes for as long as several hours. Many victims passed out, but they were forced to continue this position after being revived.

2. “Tying with Rope” Torture. First, the rope was wet. Several guards and prisoners pin the victim to the ground, then tie the victim’s hands together behind his/her back. Then chopsticks are used to tighten the rope.

Torture Re-enactment: Tying with Rope

The pain of this torture is indescribable. I suffered this kind of torture on my first day in prison because I refused to give them my copies of articles by Master Li Hongzhi. My hands and fingertips still felt numb after a couple of months, making me incapable of handling lots of little things in daily life. The day after the torture, the guards forced me to do slave labor, claiming that I should earn my meals.

Many practitioners in this prison suffered this kind of torture, which caused some women to suffer gynecological problems. Many practitioners were forced to do embroidery for long hours, plus frequent torture, making their vision quickly drop so they were not able to embroider any more. Then they were forced to do other work. The prison forced detainees to do intensive work to exhaust their vision and physical strength until they could make no more profit.

These two kinds of torture were generally applied to all prisoners. There were more torture approaches particular to Falun Gong practitioners: solitary confinement; not being allowed to wash or change underwear; cursing and beating, etc.

(to be continued)

The Blood and Tears Behind the “Made in China” Label (Part 2)

December 30, 2012 | By a Minghui correspondent in China

Continued from Part 1:http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2012/12/29/136847.html

(Minghui.org) When people purchase those affordable products that are “Made in China,” be it clothing, consumer goods, or holiday decorations, they probably do not know that a lot of them are made in Chinese prisons and labor camps, and that behind those products are untold stories of blood and tears.

In Liaoning Province Women’s Prison, bonuses for the guards are tied to production performance. Therefore, guards in every section try their best to make Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners work harder. The raw materials of many labor camp products are hazardous, and the work conditions are very poor. For example, when prisoners manually make cotton swabs, they may do the work without having washed their hands. They may have just visited the restroom or have contagious diseases. However, they still make toothpick bags, chopstick bags, and bread bags all day long.

Below is a partial list of labor camp products manufactured in Liaoning Province Women’s Prison in recent years:

  • “Holiland” (Hao Li Lai) cake package boxes, bread bags, and hamburger boxes are manufactured for the Taoli Food Company in Shenyang City. Food, drug, shoe, and cosmetic boxes are made for other brands.
  • Rongfa” military clothes series for the Rongfa Clothing Factory in Jilin Province. The prison mainly manufactures different types of police uniforms, military raincoats, and cotton winter jackets.
  • Clothes for the Feilong (Chinese name for the Japanese company) Company that exports to Japan and South Korea. Feilong trousers are manufactured for men.
  • Export apparel for Baijiahao Clothes of Shanghai. The brand is Basic House.
  • Cotton swabs for the Tianjie Company in Shenyang City. Shenyang TianjieHealth Care Products Co., Ltd. exports its products to the USA, Europe, Israel, Australia, South Korea, and others.
  • Export apparel for the Liaoyang Guanglin Garments Enterprises Group.Guanglin’s apparels export to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Panama, USA, UK, and Canada.
  • Japanese and South Korean clothes for the Fushun Yinhe Apparel Factory. The company is located at 11 Leifeng Road West, Wanghua District, Fushun City, Liaoning Province.
  • The prison produces all kinds of lingerie. It also manufactures export apparel for the Dalian Foreign Trade and the Dandong Foreign Trade companies.
  • The Tenth Prison Section manufactures clothes for the Shenyang ZhongheClothing Co., Ltd. The company’s onsite manager at the prison has the last name of Wang. The Tenth Prison Section also works for the Dandong Yuxin Clothing Factory. The company’s manager has the last name of Jiang.
  • “Bangbang” brand trousers for the Shenyang Anna Garment Group exports to South Korea, Japan, Europe, and the Americas.


Yang Li, warden of the Liaoning Province Women’s Prison. Yang signed a garment manufacture agreement with the Shenyang Anna Garment Group (online photo)

3. Stories of Two Falun Gong Practitioners

The Shenyang Longshan Forced Labor Camp detains female Falun Gong practitioners and persecutes them. The labor camp forces Falun Gong practitioners and other detainees to process export products such as candles and handmade necklaces. Every day, the detainees have to work more than 15 hours. The raw materials have pungent fumes that are toxic to humans. Even though the products are made in China, the packaging on the colorful candles made in the prison reads “Made in Thailand.”


Product of forced labor at the Shenyang Longshan Forced Labor Camp: colorful candles

Ms. Ren Shujie was a small garment business owner in the Donghu market in Yuhong District, Shenyang City. She started practicing Falun Gong in 1998, and thus became a healthy, upright, positive, and kind person. Her customers and peers at the market all considered her to be a good person. In May 2002, Ms. Ren was arrested and sentenced to three years in a labor camp for distributingtruth-clarification materials. In the Shenyang Longshan Forced Labor Camp, because she refused to renounce her belief in Falun Gong, she was severely beaten and forced to do slave labor.

In a video appearance on the Minghui website, Ms. Ren told her story: “We had to depart at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast and arrive at the labor site by 7 a.m. It’s on the third floor. Each container of wax was at least 40 jin (about 44 pounds). The containers looked like beer containers. They were full of wax. Every day, we had to carry the containers up and down stairs. One day, I cried because I was so tired. I carried 40 containers of wax!

“On average, we had to work until 10:30 p.m. every day. There was no lunch break. Even if you took a break in the middle of the day, you would have to work more at night. In fact, any breaks we took, we would have to work longer to make up for them. When the hours were extended, we were not talking about 10:30 p.m. Sometimes we even stopped at midnight. This went on every day, not just one or two days. The intensity of labor remained very heavy, not to mention that we had so little time to eat that we had to stop eating even though we were still hungry. We had neither any break time nor any freedom. There was only labor, and labor only in our minds.”

Ms. Ren passed away on September 1, 2005, at 42 years old. She is survived by her teenage son.


Falun Gong practitioner Ren Shujie and her son

The Shenyang Zhangshi Forced Labor Camp detains male Falun Gong practitioners. The products manufactured there include combs, chopsticks, false eyelashes, cooking grids for grills, neon lightbulbs, and other items. The labor camp partners with the Shenyang Haiwei Jewelry Co., Ltd. to produce combs. The products are exported to over 10 countries including Japan, the USA, and many countries in Europe. The Haiwei Company provides raw materials and assembly. The Zhangshi Forced Labor Camp forces Falun Gong practitioners and other detainees to make the heads of combs and the packaging boxes. The fumes from the glue for the packaging boxes is hard on the respiratory system, and the other production materials are toxic to humans.


Falun Gong practitioner Li Xiaoyuan

Mr. Li Xiaoyuan was an excellent mechanic at the First Mold Factory of the Shenyang Aircraft Cooperation. He was widely respected by his colleagues. However, before the 2002 Chinese New Year, he was arrested and sent to the Shenyang Zhangshi Forced Labor Camp.

There, Mr. Li experienced torture including being stripped naked, hung from an iron gate and severely beaten, shocked with electronic batons, and being frozen in an ice room. Because he persevered in his belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the police therefore detained him with convicts and forced him to perform intensive slave labor.

On April 25, 2002, Mr. Li refused to take part in the forced labor. Guard Yang Shu and prisoners shocked him with 120,000-volt electric batons. He was severely beaten and deprived of sleep. The torture lasted for four days. Mr. Li was black and blue all over and his body was swollen. He could not walk on his own and had to use a special chair to go to the bathroom. During May and June, Mr. Li was secretly transferred to the Liaoning Guanshan Forced Labor Camp, where he died from abuse on November 9, 2003. He was 46 years old.

In prisons and labor camps in China, Falun Gong practitioners are subjected to violent brainwashing and slave labor at the same time. The slave labor products made at the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Liaoning Province include handmade flowers, feathers (produced with poisonous materials), handmade necklaces and bracelets, popsicle sticks, girls’ dresses, wedding dresses, hair accessories, military cotton winter coats, camouflage gear, vests for prisoners, peeled garlic (for export), and so on.

Products manufactured in the Shenyang Shenxin Forced Labor Camp include western holiday items, colorful candles, foam lambs, pigeons, eagles, skeletons, balls, and stars, golden “fortune” characters, and chopsticks.


Product of slave labor from the Shenyang Shenxin Labor Camp: golden “Fortune” character

4. “Made by Slave Labor in China” – the Covered-Up Truth

The facts regarding Chinese slave labor products are covered up by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In 2006 in the Shenyang Shenxin Forced Labor Camp, a male prisoner’s identification badge accidentally dropped into a container of final products. The ID badge displayed a photo, prisoner name, and the name of the labor camp. The badge was found before the container left the labor camp. The guards were panicked. They conducted private interrogations of the prisoners and adopted even more strict examination methods on products for export in order to cover up the truth about slave labor, notably the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

Today, slave labor still continues. Slave labor products flow to every location in the world, thus violating international trade protocols. Such commerce also extends the persecution of Falun Gong to all levels of the global community.

We sincerely hope that the people of the free world will follow the stories of the blood and tears behind slave labor products, help end the brutal persecution of Falun Gong, protect the universal values of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and help protect the inalienable rights of Chinese citizens to be kind and good. Such actions will also protect the innate rights of each human being.

The Blood and Tears Behind the “Made in China” Label (Part 1)

December 29, 2012 | By a Minghui correspondent in China

(Minghui.org) When people purchase those affordable products that are “Made in China,” be it clothing, consumer goods, or holiday decorations, they probably don’t know that a lot of them are made in Chinese prisons and labor camps, and that behind those products are unknown stories of blood and tears.

1. The Shenyang City No. 1 Prison Produces Boys’ and Girls’ Ski Jackets that Are Exported to Germany

The Shenyang No. 1 Prison in Liaoning Province forces Falun Gong practitioners and other inmates to do hard labor to make money for the prison. The prison mainly produces clothing, and the majority of the products are for export. About 33 male practitioners are incarcerated separately in nearly 20 prison sections. In order to “transform” the practitioners, the guards not only torture them, but they also force the practitioners to perform intensive clothing manufacturing. If a practitioner is too weak (as a result of the persecution) to go onto the production line, he will still be forced to perform tasks like cutting. Among the forced labor products are boys’ and girls’ ski jackets that are exported to Germany and snowman Christmas ornaments.

Box packaging of girls’ ski jackets that are exported to Germany
Brand name and product information of girls’ ski jackets
Product information of girls’ ski jackets
Snowman Christmas decoration

The manufacturing unit of the Shenyang City No. 1 Prison is called the Shenyang Zhongji Garment Co.,Ltd. to outsiders. The company’s former legal representative is Liu Guoshan. Liu changed to his new post as the prison political commissar in 2012, where he assumed responsibility for the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The company’s new legal representative is surnamed Ding.

Authorities at the the Shenyang City No. 1 Prison implement violent torture upon Falun Gong practitioners in order to “transform” them. Prison warden Wang Bin, political commissar Liu Guoshan, and deputy prison warden Qiu Guobin personally direct and make sure that these crimes are carried out.

The practitioners are severely beaten, tied to the iron chair, and deprived of food, water, sleep, and bathroom use for days. The perpetrators pour water on the practitioners and shock them with electric batons powered to tens of thousands of volts. If a practitioner faints, the guards pour cold water over his head to wake him up, and then continue the torture. During summer, they will place two or three heaters around practitioners to “bake” them. After the torture, practitioners often feel dizzy, and their bodies turn black and blue all over.

Prison warden Wang Bin and commissar Liu Guoshan frequently ask the guards, “How come he is not transformed yet?,” thus urging an increase of torture upon the practitioners. Mr. Guo Chunzan, a practitioner in his 50s, was shocked with electric batons to such an extent that his whole body was covered with cuts and bruises. There were three holes resulting from burns on his right wrist. His back was also covered with huge blisters after he was burned with hot water sacks that were filled with boiling water.

Practitioners that have been severely tortured include Li Shangsi, Sun Yongheng, Yang Ruihua, Geng Chunlong, Zhu Changming, Zhang Jinsheng, Zhang De, Gao Fengshan, Huang Gang, Li Hongjun, Zou Jiling, Wei Zhiyi, Meng Hua, Che Huanyu, Zhang Gonghua, and Guo Chunzan.

After being abused, the practitioners are forced to do manufacturing work with their injuries.

The above Crivit brand girls’ ski jacket and boys’ ski jackets were manufactured in the Fourth Prison Section in 2011; manufacturing includes sourcing, cutting, sewing, finishing, and packaging. Practitioner Mr. Sun Yongheng, from Haicheng, was incarcerated in the Fourth Prison Section. Mr. Sun served in the military and then changed to civilian work. Mr. Sun was subjected to long term abuse at the Shenyang City No. 1 Prison because he practiced Falun Gong. He was taken to a room without surveillance video, tied to the iron chair, and beaten. The guards baked his face and eyes with high-voltage light bulbs, and they did not let him close his eyes for many hours. After being abused, Mr. Sun was forced to do slave labor. He worked from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and sometimes even later. Mr. Sun would sometimes work 15 hours nonstop, laying the fabric, placing them in order, and cutting a stack of clothes with electric scissors.

The Shenyang City No. 1 Prison still forces Falun Gong practitioners and other inmates to manufacture garments for export under different brands.

2. The Liaoning Province Women’s Prison – An Illegal Factory

The Liaoning Province Women’s Prison tortures Falun Gong practitioners in an attempt to force them to give up their beliefs. Over ten practitioners have been persecuted to death in this prison. The prison also forces practitioners and other inmates to perform slave labor. The facility has a sewing workshop, a paper product workshop, and a beauty product workshop (bottling line), among others. It is a large-scale, illegal factory.


Slave labor product from Liaoning Women’s Prison: Aglaia skincare (2011, by the Fourth Group at the Tenth Prison Section)

The Tenth Prison Section not only manufactures garments, but also produces beauty products. Beauty products are manufactured on the production line: Filling, capping, coding, cartoning, labeling, sealing, packaging, and warehousing are all performed there. These procedures are all performed by the Fourth Group at the Tenth Prison Section. There are about 60 people in the Fourth Group, which includes Falun Gong practitioners. The guards order that each person must produce at least 10,000 bottles (or 30,000 ~ 40,000 small bottles) per day. Those 60 people have their meals in the workshop, and they must finish eating within five minutes. Restroom use is limited to two to three times per day.

From 2009 to 2011, practitioners Wang Peirong, Wang Shuxian, Li Yuhua, and Shao Changhua were forced to produce Aglaia beauty products. Dai Jing, head of the Tenth Prison Section, and other guards instigated inmates Hu Qiuxia, Wang Min, and others to beat and swear at practitioners.

Ms. Wang Shuxian was often cursed in the workshop. Ms. Li Yuhua was locked in a small cell for 15 days because she spoke to others in the workshop about Falun Gong. Ms. Huo Yuqin stated that it is not a crime to practice Falun Gong, and she refused to perform slave labor. The guards instigated the inmates to beat and swear at her, not let her sleep at night, and criticize her at meetings. In the winter of 2010, the guards took Ms. Huo to the Aglaia workshop and locked her in a small, non-heated room beside the workshop restroom. Ms. Huo was locked in there from 6:40 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day. She was nearly frozen for the whole winter, and her blood pressure reached over 200 mmHg. Ms. Huo was on the verge of death before she was released on medical parole.

(to be continued)

Related report:

Violent “Transformation” of Practitioners in Shenyang City No. 1 Prison (http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2012/7/29/134677.html)

Ms. Zhao Ye Dies After Being Tortured in Hebei Women’s Forced Labor Camp (Photos)

December 22, 2012 | By a Minghui correspondent in Hebei Province, China

Name: Zhao Ye (赵烨)
Gender: Female
Age: About 40
Address: Tangshan City, Hebei
Occupation: Designer at the Tangshan Ceramic Research Institute
Date of Death: December 15, 2012
Date of Most Recent Arrest: February 25, 2011
Most Recent Place of Detention: Hebei Women’s Forced Labor Camp (河北女子劳教所)
City: Tangshan
Province: Hebei
Persecution Suffered: Electric shock, forced labor, illegal sentencing, beatings, imprisonment, interrogation, detention

(Minghui.org) Ms. Zhao Ye, a Falun Gong practitioner from Tangshan, was severely tortured, mistreated and abused in Hebei Women’s Forced Labor Camp for nearly a year, finally resulting in her hospitalization in critical condition. She was subsequently released on medical parole. Ms. Zhao passed away on the night of December 15, 2012. She was only 40 years old.

Ms. Zhao Ye prior to the persecution.

Ms. Zhao after being tortured to the point of extreme emaciation.

Ms. Zhao was an artistic designer at the Tangshan Ceramic Research Institute, where her designs won several awards. She also worked at a residential decoration company. When she was in her 30s, she was weak, plagued by diseases and had a hot temper. After she began to practice Falun Gong, however, her illnesses disappeared and her temper improved.

On February 25, 2011, officers from the Huoju Police Station illegally arrestedMs. Zhao because she gave someone a Shen Yun Performing Arts DVD. On March 11, 2011, captain of the Gaoxin Police Department’s Domestic Security Division, along with officers Liu Hong and Xie Lei, handcuffed Ms. Zhao and took her to Kaiping Forced Labor Camp for a term of 21 months. In May of the same year, Ms. Zhao was transferred to the third brigade of Hebei Women’s Forced Labor Camp.

At the labor camp, officials tried to force Ms. Zhao to renounce her faith. Ms. Zhao told them how she had benefited from practicing Falun Gong and refused to give up her belief.

On August 15, 2011, Falun Gong practitioners detained in the third brigade resisted the persecution and protested the illegal slave labor. Ms. Zhao was among them. The guards rushed toward them, some holding electric batons. The batons measured over 20 cm long and 3 cm in diameter. Team leader Lu Yaqin ordered practitioners to stand in rows and shouted, “I will extend all your terms by 3 months!”

Ms. Zhao was the first one to be called out. The guards dragged her into their office, where there is no surveillance camera, and used electric batons to shock her. They pulled up her shirt to shock her clavicles and her neck. When Ms. Zhao tried to persuade them to stop, one of the guards put the electric baton in her mouth and shocked her.

Lu Yaqin and Liu Ziwei actively participated in the torture, while Feng Kezhuang sat in the adjacent room giving commands. Several guards yelled outside the office, and people could hear the zaps of the electric batons from the outside. After about half an hour, they pulled Ms. Zhao out of the office.

The next day Ms. Zhao was forced to stand motionless the whole day. When she still refused to give up her belief on the third day, Liu Ziwei dragged her into the office again and beat her with electric batons for half an hour. When Ms. Zhao came out, her right upper arm was purple. In the afternoon, guard Shi Jiangxia and her husband, Zhang Ning, also a guard at the labor camp, threatened her and forced her to recite the prison regulations.

Afterward Ms. Zhao was forced to sit on the workshop floor for the whole day and sleep in the hall at night. The guards assigned someone to monitor her and prohibit her from speaking to others. This way, they separated her from the others.

Ms. Zhao was forced to sleep in the hall for about 3 months. Due to the pain and nerve damage inflicted through torture, her right arm muscles started to atrophy and her right palm became visibly smaller than her left palm. She could only use her left hand to eat, brush her teeth, and to wash clothes; her right arm could not function and felt as if it had detached from her body. She requested several times to be examined at a hospital, but the labor camp doctor with surname Ma (male, in his 40s) said there was no need for a checkup as long as the bones were not broken.

As a result of the long-term persecution, Ms. Zhao became extremely emaciated and her hearing greatly declined by the end of 2011. People had to shout for her to hear them. Her condition continued to deteriorate in 2012. She could only eat a little and had diarrhea. Her sputum was black, her movements were slow and shaky, and she began to hallucinate.

When Ms. Zhao was in critical condition on March 1, 2012, the labor camp finally admitted her to a clinic to get an IV. The brigade captain monitored her, not allowing anyone to speak to her. Later, Ms. Zhao was transferred to a hospital.

Ms. Zhao’s family got the news that Ms. Zhao had been hospitalized in critical condition on March 14, 2012. They immediately rushed to Hebei Province Women’ Labor Camp. After numerous requests, the labor camp finally allowed her family to bail her out for medical treatment. Hence, Ms. Zhao was released on medical parole.

Ms. Zhao was in a half-conscious state and could not care for herself. She had a persistent high fever and her weight was only about 55 pounds. Ms. Zhao’s family spent tens of thousands of yuan on her medical care, but she still did not recover and could only survive on infusions and medication. She told her family that she may have been poisoned by the labor camp guards, as she had once inexplicably vomited after a meal.

After her release, the Hebei Women’ Forced Labor Camp forced her family to report her condition to the authorities on a monthly basis. Ms. Zhao passed away on December 15, 2012, at the age of 40.

Persons who participated in the persecution of Ms. Zhao in the Hebei Women’ Forced Labor Camp include the third brigade captain Wang Xin, team leader Lu Yaqin, Shi Jiangxia, Wang Weiwei, Liu Ziwei, and prison doctor with surname Ma. Further investigation is ongoing to identify others participating in the persecution of Ms. Zhao.

Earlier report:

“Ms. Zhao Ye Tortured to Near Death at Hebei Province Women’s Forced Labor Camp”

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Wishing the readers of BehindLies09 a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

We unite in humility and celebrations across the world during this season, and someday soon, we will unite across the world in speaking out against the atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party.

During this holiday, and every holidays across the world since 13 years ago, a genocide is happening in China. Many families in China are missing a love one, either illegally imprisoned in brainwashing centres or labour camps, tortured, or killed for their practise in Falun Gong.

Also, “a form of evil that we have yet to see on this planet, a new form of evil,” as described by human rights lawyer, Mr David Matas — the illegal harvesting of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners in China.

When the world speaks as one against this atrocity, a new era in human history will soon begin.

For now, drive safe, enjoy the holidays with our love ones, and visit BehindLies09 again soon.

– Editor

Brad T. | KanZhongGuo

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Falun Gong Practitioners Tortured and Humiliated at Forced Labor Camps in Harbin City

(Minghui.org) Ms. Zeng Shuling from Harbin City was arrested on December 31, 2011, and taken to Qianjin Forced Labor Camp on February 2, 2012. She was beaten and shocked with electric batons by division head Geng Shuping. Both her shoulders and hands were severely injured as a result. She couldn’t do any hard labor and had difficulty taking care of herself. Having lost the ability to do hard labor, she and another practitioner, Ms. Fang Guilan, were forced to sit on small stools for long periods of time.

Detainees in the labor camp are forced to work from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. every day. They are not allowed to talk, rest, or go back to their dorms before 8:00 p.m.. If they don’t finish their tasks, they must work extra time to finish.

Division head Wang Min and inmate Wang Fang have punished practitioners who didn’t finish their workloads since March 2012. Practitioners are beaten and verbally abused, deprived of sleep, and not allowed to wash. Some practitioners have been forced to work the entire night. Ms. Zeng, Ms. Li Huihui, and Ms. Wang Lina were subjected to long-term torture and sometimes had to work through the night. When some practitioners refused to do the hard labor, they were tortured and were not given anything to eat. Ms. Zeng has been sentenced to forced labor camps three times, and served a total of six years.

When a female practitioner was not in good health health and refused to work, Geng Shuping forced her to stand under the scorching sun for a long time. When this practitioner refused to work the extra time in the evening, she was shocked with electric batons more than 20 times, until she fell to the ground. Inmate Sheng Limei kicked and beat her, while Geng was shocking her.

Ms. Fang Guilan, Ms. Zhao Tianling, and Ms. Yan Xiuhua were also forcibly fed unknown drugs. When the practitioners refused to take the drugs, they were dragged outside. Two doctors stepped on each of their arms, pushed their heads back and inserted a tube into them. They then force-fed them with a large amount of drugs. Afterward, the practitioners were left lying on the ground. Their vision became blurred and they became unable to move. The doctors inserted the tube many times. When the practitioners were eventually able to move again, they were forced to do hard labor. Ms. Yi Zhengfang and Ms. Zhao Tianling are still being forced-fed with unknown drugs.

When Ms. Zeng Shuling was detained in Wanjia Forced Labor Camp from 2001 to 2003, she developed red scabies all over her body and was bedridden for more than a year. She was sentenced to a rehabilitation center from 2005 to 2007, where she was tortured to the point of being disabled and unable to walk. She was tied to a small stool for more than a year. As a result, she developed heart disease, uremia, and complications with her bowels. Officials at the rehabilitation center didn’t want to keep her any longer. She was unable to walk for four years.

On the morning of December 31, 2011, Ms. Zeng was arrested again, along with her husband Mr. Niu Jiahui. Mr. Niu had previously been sentenced to prison for five years, and has now been sentenced for another four years.

Ms. Zeng went on a hunger strike to protest her maltreatment in the detention center. One month later, she was taken to the Qianjin Forced Labor Camp on a stretcher. Division head Wang Min and inmate Wang Fang shocked her with electric batons and poured cold water on her in an attempt to force her to write a guarantee statement promising to stop practicing Falun Gong. She vomited blood for a long time because of the abuse. As soon as she recovered, she was forced to do hard labor again. When she couldn’t finish the task, she was forced to work overnight. Ms. Zeng was later thrown into the pigpen and humiliated by the guards.

Article from: http://www.en.minghui.org/html/articles/2012/10/9/135777.html

Products Made with Slave Labor at the Hebei Province Women’s Forced Labor Camp (Photos)

July 12, 2012 | By a Minghui correspondent from Hebei Province, China

(Minghui.org) There are nearly 300 women detained in the Hebei Province Woman’s Forced Labor Camp. More than 100, almost half, are Falun Gong practitioners. The three “brigades” in the labor camp are known as the second, the third, and the fourth. The slave labor is labeled “practice labor.” In fact, the forced labor camp abuses its detainees to do cheap labor to make huge profits. The productivity of each brigade is directly linked to the officers’ bonuses.

The Production Division of the camp is in charge of business relationships with the manufacturers. The manufacturers provide the materials and pay the labor camp for processing. The government provides a financial allocation for each detainee, and the detainees provide the free labor. The labor camp uses this as competitive advantage to get a lot of orders. The forced labor camp not only brutally brainwashes practitioners, it is also forces them to work so that the camp can make huge profits.

The inside of the Hebei Province Women’s Forced Labor Camp (a loading truck is in the lower right corner of the picture)

Enlarged: Detainees, police, truck

1. Extended Hours of Labor

The forced labor system itself is illegal, and many legal professionals think it should be abolished. But even according to the provisions the forced labor camp system itself, detainees are supposed to get eight hours of sleep a night and not work more than six hours a day. At the end of the 2008 Lunar New Year Hebei Province Woman’s Forced Labor Camp detainees had to work overtime for several days. One time they had to work 17 hours a day. Recently they have to work up to nine hours a day: get up at 5:30 in the morning, breakfast at 7:00, start to work in the workshop at 7:30, lunch at noon; nap in dorm at 12:30, work again at 1:30 p.m., dinner at 6:00. After that they are forced to watch a half hour of news, then have a one-hour “lesson.” They go to bed at 10:00 p.m.

There is a quota everyone must fulfill, regardless if you are a minor, in your 60s or 70s, or are seriously ill. If you can not finish the quota, you have to bring it back to the dorm to finish it at night. Sometimes they have to work until midnight. When manufacturers want to get the products in a rush or the productivity is low, detainees have to skip their lunch break and their break after dinner to work. They have to do heavy farm work in the forced labor camp’s vegetable garden after their regular daily work in certain seasons. Holidays and breaks are not guaranteed. According to the rules detainees can get one day off per week. The second brigade gets Tuesday off, the third brigade Wednesday off, and the fourth grigade Thursday off. But, in fact, the detainees can only get half a day off and sometimes less than that. In 2012 the detainees had to start to work on the fourth day of Chinese New Year. If a brigade has low productivity, the Production Division will pressure them to work overtime.

2. Major Products Produced by Slave Labor

Hebei Province Women’s Forced Labor Camp detainees make a variety of products. Between 2008 and 2009, they wrapped a huge number of disposable chopsticks in paper. They had also put handles on boxes for milk products for the Yili and Mengniu brands. The boxes were transported in containers by large trucks. In the same period, the detainees made boxes for moon cakes, packaged toothpicks, chopsticks, etc.

In recent years, the second and third brigades have mainly worked on the microfiber cleaning towels for Hebei Yikang Knitting and Cotton Co. Ltd. The towels come in many colors and sizes. The camp mainly works on pink, blue, and yellows towels that are 38cm × 40cm. The manufacturer calls these “triple color cleaning towels.” Children’s diapers, eyeglass cleaning cloth, bamboo fiber kitchen cloth, french terry cloth, glass cleaning cloth, tea towels, shower caps, microfiber PU cloth, and so on are also worked on in this camp. Hebei Yikang Knitting and Cotton Co., Ltd., products are not only sold in China, but also exported to Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Japan, North America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

The fourth brigade mainly works on pharmaceutical aluminum-plastic combination caps for Hebei Jinhuan Packaging CO., Ltd. The caps come in gold, silver and blue. In addition, the second brigade folds paper bags for cotton seeds. In 2012, due to lack of supplies from the manufacturers, the second brigade did not have anything to work on, so they were delegated to pick vegetables for a supermarket and fold shower curtains for the Foreign Trade Division of Hebei Electric Power Transmission and Tuoms Labor & Service Company, which were said to be exported to many counties. The third brigade also sewed ornaments on the suspenders for woman’s clothes for Hebei Yikang Knitting And Cotton Co., Ltd.


Microfiber Cleaning Towels (in pink, blue and yellow)

Cotton Diapers (Some diapers have no pattern, some have a baby bear for boys and a little princess for girls)

Microfiber PU Cloth

Microfiber French Terry Cloth

Glass Cloth (blue)

Shower Cap

Microfiber Tea Towel (The towel comes in white or patterned with pink or blue checks.)

Bottle Caps for Hebei Jinhuan Packaging Co

Bath Towel for Brand QinlaoDa from Qin Tai Textile Co., Ltd.

3. Details of the Production Process

The process of making triple color cleaning towels is divided into sewing edges, cutting edges, and packaging. Sewing the edges finishes the four edges of a piece of cloth with an electric sewing machine. The cloth is cut to size and shipped over by the manufacturer. The sewing requires a certain skill, and the manufacturer has strict requirements for the thread and location of the labels. so this should be done by someone under 45. The electric sewing machines are noisy. You have to shout in order to be heard. Edges for extra cloth are cut using a heated wire. The wire is fixed on a bench connected to a transformer. The edge cannot be burned or left loose. Usually this work is done by the young or middle aged. They sit on a small bench. Their hands are often burned and develop blisters if they are not careful. The fabrics and thread are synthetic fibers that produce a toxic gas harmful to the respiratory system and eyes when it burns. In the summer the red-hot wires make the room even hotter; in winter windows have to be open for ventilation, so it is very cold. The finished towels must be packaged, and the defective ones weeded out according to very strict requirements. The packaged products are rejected and redone if defective products are packaged. The packaging is done by the elderly. Clean towels shed a lot of synthetic fibers, which float in the air everywhere and do great harm to the respiratory system. The only protection provided in the workshop is one-time-use hats and masks. After a day’s work, a layer of fibers covers everyone’s body and face. These three jobs require one to sit in one position all day, resulting pain in the cervical area, lumbar area, shoulders, and back. The detainees are forced to sit on stools even back in the dorm. Only when the lights are off can they lie in bed and straighten out.

Other finished goods like diapers and glass cloth are shipped in and simply packaged.

When the manufacturer delivers finished goods, detainees have to unload the goods and the load the finished products. Unloading and loading is hard labor. Some packages are so heavy that three or four women at a time are needed to carry them. Sometimes the brigade leader only allows three people to lift bags requiring the strength of four in order to increase productivity. The brigade leaders will stand in the corridor to supervise the unloading and loading. They do not allow any breaks. When new products arrive, the brigade leader will gauge productivity based on two hours of output. They use the highest output as the standard requirement for everyone, instead of using average output. The standard output for sewing edges is 840 finished pieces per day, 500 pieces for newcomers. The standard output for cutting edges is 1680 pieces, the packaging is 600 pieces. The number is reduced for the elderly or the illness. The camp provides 10 yuan per person per a month to buy personal care items and offers a “labor reward,” which is linked to productivity. The highest reward for sewing edges is only four or fifty yuan, sometimes around 20 yuan per month. The reward for cutting edges is about the same. The reward for packaging is slightly lower. According to the managers from the manufacturer, the monthly wage of workers in their factory is one or two thousand yuan. The triple color cleaning cloth sells for 5 yuan each, while an imperfect one can be sold for 2.5 yuan.

To process pharmaceutical caps for Hebei Jinhuan Packaging Co., first the failed aluminum caps must be screened, then a rubber stopper has to be inserted into the qualified aluminum bottle caps, and, finally, they must pass through quality control, where defective products are picked out from caps on a plastic disc. These steps should be done by specialized machinery in a strictly disinfected workshop. But all these steps are done here by hand. The standard output required for each person in the four brigades is 10,000 gold aluminum caps per day. This means that each person has to repeat the same action ten thousand times per day. Many people’s hands peel, and their palms blister. The detainees that work here have all kinds of illnesses, and some even have infectious diseases. The manufacturer only issues a one-time-use cap to each person. The caps are stored in a large plastic bag or in a bucket. People plug in the caps sitting around a large table. The table is only wiped with wet rags before starting the work. In order to speed things up, some people use their fingers and nails to buckle the rubber stopper into qualified aluminum bottle caps instead of using molds. How could the products processed this way meet health standards for oral liquid packaging?

The second brigade has processed shower curtains before. The manufacture will bring the shower curtains to the third floor. The curtains are folded and put into a bag, then put into boxes. The 20-50 kg boxes are moved downstairs for loading.

4. Other Details

This forced labor camp evaluates every detainee based on her productivity. Those with high productivity are given high priority for things like reduced the labor camp terms. Those who refuse to participate in the forced labor are targets for persecution. Detainees have no freedom. They can only buy goods twice per month. Those who refused to do slave labor are put at the end of the shopping line. Sometimes they are only allowed to buy basic necessities (toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, etc.), and are not allowed to buy food. They are put the end of line for bathing, too. Their detention terms can also be increased. They are even tortured. Practitioner Ms. Zhao Ye from Tangshan City was beaten by prison guard Lu Yaqin with electric batons because she refused to do slave labor. As result the nerve in her right arm is damaged, and she cannot lift it. Lu Yaqin also threatened her to increase her term by two months.

The workshops are covered by monitoring equipment. Guards use detainees who have been convicted of pyramid sales schemes and fighting as collaborators to monitor others, especially Falun Gong practitioners. The water room and restroom doors are locked. Only brigade leaders have the key. Any movement, including fetching water or going to restroom, must be approved of the collaborators. Otherwise they have to wait. The water room and restroom in the workshop are only open at certain times. You have to ask the collaborators to report to the brigade leader if those rooms are not open. Many people do not want to see the brigade leader, and they have to wait. They are already tired from doing intensive labor, but they cannot even get water to drink or use the restroom. The harsh rules violate human rights and are an insult to human dignity. Prisoners are not allowed to walk side by side to the restroom or water room. Inmates, especially Falun Dafa practitioners, are not allowed to talk to each other.

The forced labor camp also limits how much you can eat with the excuse that it is eliminating waste. Not enough food is provided at the dinner tables. It has been reported to the brigade leader, but nothing is changed. The food in the labor camp contains hardly any oil. Detainees have to go to the supermarket inside the forced labor camp to buy food. Some inmates suffering from hepatitis and other infectious diseases should not have been accepted according to the rules but were. Although they have separate dishes, they eat and sleep together with everyone else. The Government provides funds for the labor camps based on the number of detainees. In order to make money, the labor camp takes any live ones, no matter if she is illness or crippled, has heart disease, hypertension, or mental illness. They even accepted a 70-year-old woman in a wheelchair.

The Discipline and Inspection Division of the forced labor camp is in charge of supervising any illegal activities on the part of the guards. Each detainee who is about to leave the forced labor camp is asked to talk with the Discipline and Inspection Division. However, this is purely procedure and does not solve any problems. When detainees report to the Discipline and Inspection Division about long hours, high output requirements, not enough food, police beatings, and abuse of Falun Gong practitioners, the officials will state that the labor camp has its own rules. They also pick on practitioners.

5. Information on Some of the Manufacturers

A. Hebei Yikang Knitting and Cotton Co. Ltd.

Hebei Yikang Knitting and Cotton Co. Ltd. is one of the large-scale domestic manufactures in the textile industry. It has a wide range of products with three decades of export history. There are two subsidiaries—Hebei Yisheng Environment Protection Technique Company Ltd. and Shijiazhuang Yifa Textile Co., Ltd—with the registered trademark “YK” brand

Major markets: the Chinese mainland; Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions; Japan; North America; Eastern Europe; Middle East;

The main products are: cotton; bamboo; soy; corn; milk; polyester; nylon raw materials; and fabrics and finished products, including gray fabrics, dyed fabrics, different kinds of diapers, bedding, toiletries, children’s clothing, cleaning supplies, sanitary materials, and environmentally friendly materials. The products are exported to dozens of countries and regions such as Japan, Malaysia, Australia, the United States, and Germany.

B. Hebei Jinhuan Packaging Co., Ltd.

Hebei Jinhuan Packaging Co., Ltd., founded in 1992, is located on Fangxing Road in the Fangchan Development Zone. It produces 3.5 billion bottle caps for a variety of antibiotic glass bottles, glass infusion bottles, and oral liquid bottles. It is the largest manufacturer of pharmaceutical caps in China. Products are exported to Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, and the Middle East. Its products cover 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions inside China

Main products:

Aluminum-Plastic Combination Caps For Antibiotic Glass Bottles

Aluminum-Plastic Combination Caps For Infusion Bottles

Aluminum Caps