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China Exporting Slave Labor to Africa

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 27, 2013

Te Chinese have so many people, but still have to rely on slave and prison labor. Worse yet, they are exporting it overseas as well..


China has devised a novel strategy to relieve pressure on its overcrowded prisons: employ convicts as labourers on overseas projects in the developing world. [See footnote: Chinese response] The practice has exposed another facet of China’s egregious human rights record which, when it comes to the overseas operations of Chinese companies, includes the government’s failure to enforce its own regulations.

China executes three times as many people every year as the rest of the world combined. Amnesty International has estimated that, in 2007, China secretly executed on average “around 22 prisoners every day”.

In addition to being the world’s leading executioner, China has one of its largest prison populations. The 2009 world prison population list compiled by the International Centre for Prison Studies at King’s College London, put the total number of inmates in Chinese jails at 1.57 million – larger than the population of Estonia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, Swaziland, Trinidad & Tobago, Fiji or Qatar.

The forced dispatch of prisoners to work on overseas infrastructure projects raises new issues regarding China’s human rights record. It also adds a new element – the dumping of convicts – to its trade and investment policy, which has been much criticised for dumping goods.”



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