Care in US next for rape victim after mother Tang Hui's court win

Tang Hui confirms plan to seek treatment for daughter, and wants to start new life elsewhere

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 July, 2013, 5:41pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 July, 2013, 10:03am

One day after scoring a legal victory against labour camp authorities in Hunan who wrongfully detained her for being outspoken in the wake of her young daughter's abduction and rape, Tang Hui travelled to Beijing yesterday and celebrated with friends and lawyers.

She said she plans to help her daughter seek further medical treatment in America in about six months, with help from private donors.

I foresee a lot of hope for the future. I'm working on the America trip
Tang Hui

"I foresee a lot of hope for the future," Tang Hui told the South China Morning Post. "I'm working on the America trip."

The slim 40-year-old fought a long and gruelling campaign demanding compensation from Yongzhou city authorities in Hunan.

They sentenced her in August to 18 months of re-education through labour because she petitioned aggressively for harsher sentences for the seven people, including two police officers, who raped and forced her then 11-year-old daughter into prostitution in 2006.

Tang was released from the camp after nine days, amid a public outcry.

On Monday, the provincial high court awarded Tang 2,941 yuan (HK$3,691) compensation - 1,941 yuan for the loss of her freedom and the rest for psychological damage. Tang's daughter, now 17, was diagnosed with herpes, an incurable sexually transmitted disease, after being forced to work for two months in an underground brothel. She is also still coping with psychological trauma and is under the care of a relative at a boarding school far from home.

"My biggest wish is to go somewhere with my family and start a new life," Tang said, "but I have to wait until the criminals are executed, or they might harm other innocent people."

In June last year, her daughter's two main kidnappers were sentenced to death, four accomplices received life sentences and one was jailed for 15 years.

Tang said she would not give up her "right to protest" until the executions. "I'm hoping they are this year," she said. "I've been waiting too long."

Tang's case is being hailed as a landmark case that could help put an end to the controversial labour camp system that has been in effect for more than half a century, according to civil rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang . "The arbitrary, illegal and cruel system is outdated," Pu said.

On January 7, Meng Jianzhu , secretary of the party's Central Politics and Law Commission, announced the central government would consult the National People's Congress this year about putting a stop to the labour camp system.