It’s a modern-day version of a message in a bottle. From a Chinese labor camp to the home of a US resident.
On Sunday, the Oregon-based Oregonian newspaper reported a letter
resident Julie Keith discovered inside a box of Halloween decorations.
She bought it from Kmart in October.
The box came from China—and according to the letter—it wasn’t from a
factory. Instead, the decorations were made here, at the Masanjia Labor
Camp in Shenyang, Liaoning province.
The letter claims detainees work 15-hour days and are paid less
than $2 USD a month for forced labor. It says thousands are held there,
and that many are persecuted Falun Gong practitioners.
Former detainees at Masanjia have corroborated the claims in the letter.
[Dai Liguo, Formerly Detained Falun Gong Practitioner]:
“I was sent to Masanjia in 1999 and persecuted there. They produce
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