The Short, Hard Life of a Slave Laborer for China
By Victor Thorn
With the actual U.S. unemployment rate teetering at around 20 percent, our lopsided “free trade” treaties with China must be seriously reexamined. Particularly interesting is a recent photo that surfaced, which American outsourcers don’t want us to see.
On April 18, Liz Hull and Lee Surrell of the UK Daily Mail described KYE Systems, a “Chinese sweatshop [where] workers slumped over their desks with exhaustion.” The message from this poignant picture is clear: Slave labor is alive and well in China, with corporate America acting as its
The horror stories emerging from these factories illustrate why the Communists hold such a competitive advantage. Earning a take-home pay of 52 cents an hour, these coolies—many of them young women—work 15-hour shifts, six days a week, making computer parts for Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Samsung, among others. With over 1,000 workers crammed into a 100-square-foot room with no air conditioning, many of them never even leave the premises.
Hull and Surrell write, “The workers also sleep on site, in factory dormitories, 14 to a room. They ‘shower’ with a sponge and bucket.”
What makes this appalling situation even more abysmal is that Chinese leaders are seeking even cheaper labor. In a Sept. 28, 2008 article entitled “How China Has Created a New Slave Empire in Africa,” Peter Hitchens details the plight of Zambianminers paid three dollars a day. The employees “wash their [cobalt and copper ore] finds in cholera-infected streams full of human filth,” and live in “diseased malarial slums.”
When morally devoid Communists stridently push their imperialistic aims, it results in child slavery, kidnappings, widespread sexual harassment and thousands of injured or dead workers.
The BBC recently documented a Chinese slave ring in which police rescued mentally disabled men who were beaten and terrorized. Some “could not speak coherently, or clearly remember their names.”
In Guangdong province, China, hundreds of rural teenagers were stolen from peasant farms by “employment agencies,” then forced to stamp parts for electronic goods that will eventually be stocked in Wal-Mart stores.
To sidestep the few legitimate investigators in existence, journalist David Barboza reports, Chinese industrialists “evade scrutiny by providing fake wage and work schedule data.” In addition, often the kidnapped, underage laborers have no identification cards and little or no money to escape their captors.
Hull and Surrell interviewed one indentured servant, who lamented, “We are like prisoners. It seems like we live only to work; we do not work to live. We do not live a life, only work.”
In an April 19 article, representatives from the National Labor Committee (NLC) illustrated the inhumane conditions.
“There are not many people who can bear it for more than a year, and almost never past two years,” concluded the NLC.
Once these slaves are used up and thrown away, others are forced to fill their spots. An authentic “evil empire” exists in the Pacific Rim; one that owns our debt, controls our manufacturing base and thrives on being the slave-labor capital of the world.
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and the author of many books on 9-11 and the New World Order. These include 9-11 Evil: The Israeli Role in 9-11 and Phantom Flight 93.
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(Issue # 19, May 12, 2010)