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  1. Horror stories of brick slaves prompt police rescue of 200

    Posted Jun 15th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... It said more than 35,000 police had searched more than 7,500 kilns in Henan from Saturday to Tuesday, freeing 217 people and detaining 120. Parents who organised five dangerous trips to Shanxi ... a number of child labourers working alongside adults in every kiln,' said Zhang Xiaoying, whose 15-year-old son, Jiu Wenjie, went missing in January in Zhengzhou, the Henan capital. 'I ...

  2. Worst kilns still open, say slaves' parents

    Posted Jul 18th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... The worst ones were in Yongji and Linyi. They had many foremen and we saw many children there.' The worst owner she came across owned several brick kilns, distributed slaves to other kilns ... also heard of killings of slaves at other kilns. Ms Zhang warned that slavery might re-emerge if powerful human traffickers like the one she met in Linyi were not arrested. Beijing has been ...

  3. How could trade have thrived?

    Posted Jun 16th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... but an eyewitness report of a thriving slave trade in the central provinces of modern China. The appalling conditions came to the public's attention only after a group of desperate parents from Henan ... to another kiln by an official in charge of labour relations. According to a Henan TV report, the official even pocketed 300 yuan in compensation given to one of the teenagers, Zhu Guanghui, after ...

  4. Slave labour exposed

    Posted Jun 26th 2007, 12:00am by Kate Whitehead

    ... efforts. Where? In Shanxi province. Illegal kilns in Henan province have also been raided. How? How many children are missing? At least 400 children. There are fears that some kiln owners may have ... in small, illegal kilns where they were forced to make bricks from clay. The kiln slaves were lured there with false promises, then beaten, starved and forced to work long hours for no pay. Who? Who ...

  5. Parents of 'kiln slave' children seek help

    Posted Jun 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... in small kilns- by the end of next year to help stamp out the slave trade. A letter in the Chongqing Morning Post yesterday said parents of 400 missing children had urged top leaders to help ... month, exposing the slave trade in Shanxi and Henan. It led to a police crackdown and the rescue of 591 abducted labourers, including at least 51 children. Chai Wei, one of the parents who led ...

  6. Cries of the kiln slaves reverberate in Beijing

    Posted Jun 25th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... and Henan provinces. As hundreds of slaves, including scores of children, were freed over the past two weeks, the widening scandal served as the perfect example of the country's ills- rampant ... a series of high-profile scandals and heightened doubts over the credibility of his administration and his policies. If the slave kiln scandal occurred in any other country, this could have ...

  7. Paying the price for dealing in death

    Posted Jul 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Henan and Shanxi parents make a public appeal on the internet for the rescue of hundreds of children forced to work under brutal conditions in brick kilns. June 10 CCTV broadcasts footage ... after fleeing raids at the end of May. June 20 Mr Wen heads a meeting in which he pledges to crack down on illegal kilns, rescue slaves and protect workers' rights. July 5 160 suspected ...

  8. Slave labour factory boss under arrest

    Posted Jun 18th 2007, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... Ting Shi Police snare Shanxi kiln suspect Mainland police have caught the labour boss accused of duping and pressing hundreds of children and adults to work as slaves at his brick factory ... and 35,000 in Henan have raided suspected illegal workplaces in a massive crackdown, with 168 people detained for running illegal kilns and mines in the two provinces. Heng is accused of forcing ...

  9. Slavery: five held, party boss expelled

    Posted Jun 19th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing More arrests in kiln scandal's crackdown At least five people have been arrested over the brick kiln slavery scandal in Shanxi province and a village party boss has been expelled from the party after his son was detained for being the kiln's owner. Police are still looking for three more suspects. Zhang Mingqi, a secretary of the national ...

  10. Police admit failure to stem child slavery

    Posted Jun 20th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... forcing the closure of brick kilns using child labour in Henan three years ago. They said they were hunting 20 suspects in the Shanxi slavery scandal and investigating possible dereliction of duty ... at illegal brick kilns in Henan in 2004 when they responded to a request by a parent to look for his missing child. The police found children working in grim conditions at the kilns and launched ...




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