Woman buys Haloween decorations, finds letter from Chinese slave inside begging for help
"Made in China" often means "made by slaves imprisoned for political reasons."
Julie Keith was considering donating an unopened graveyard kit she bought at Kmart, but in October she opened it and discovered a letter, folded multiple times, claiming to be from a worker in a labor camp in Shenyang, China.
It began, “Sir: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persicution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.”
The letter went on to say that workers labored for 15 hours a day without weekends or holidays off and were paid the equivalent of $1.61 per month.
“People who work here, suffer punishment 1-3 years averagely, but without Court Sentence (unlaw punishment). Many of them are Falun Gong practitioners, who are totally innocent people only because they have different believe to CCPG. They often suffer more punishment than others,” it read.
Human Rights Watch told The Oregonian it could not “confirm the veracity or origin of this” but that it seemed consistent with descriptions of labor camps.