Exposed: Slave Labor, Torture in Communist China



Today on Declassified we have undercover footage
that’s been smuggled out of China’s notorious Masanjia labor camp, it shows prisoners hunched
over work tables, with piles of wire diodes—an electronic component—on either side of a
rubber mat. Working silently, intently, and urgently,
they take diodes from the pile on the left, rub them on the mat, straightening them, and
then place them in the pile on the right. They do this work 15 hours a day, while being
fed subsistence meals and receiving a pittance or no pay at all. One video shows a bowl of
watery soup with just a few leaves of cabbage in it, daily fare that the inmates dub “cabbage
swimming,” because of the abundance of liquid. Some inmates, exhausted, are shown lying down
to sleep under their work tables. Those who protest their mistreatment are badly
beaten. One video shows an inmate, injured from such a beating, shackled to his bed.
These shocking images were smuggled out of the labor camp around the time of the 2008
Beijing Olympics, in an almost successful escape attempt engineered by a entrepreneur
named Yu Ming. For his part in planning the escape, Yu was almost tortured to death, but
the videos were not seized. The videos document a widespread abuse in
today’s China: the use of slave labor to make diodes, which appear in products sold
around the world. Using slaves to make the small components is a brutal, and highly profitable,
business. Yu, like many of those pictured in the videos,
had been imprisoned for practicing the spiritual discipline Falun Gong, also known as Falun
Dafa. Falun Gong involves doing meditative exercises
and living according to the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. In
1999, then-dictator Jiang Zemin, having learned more people were practicing Falun Gong than
were members of the Communist Party, ordered a campaign to eradicate it.
At any one time, between hundreds of thousands and 1 million Falun Gong practitioners are
estimated to be detained in China. Yu said it is common knowledge among those
imprisoned in Masanjia that they are making diodes for the Taiwan-based firm Goodwork.
Staff from Goodwork often went to the labor camp to teach the inmates how to make diodes,
how to deal with waste products, and so on. They also went there frequently to deliver
raw materials and take away finished products. Yu brought out 0f the camp images of forms
titled “GW Production Process Card.” One of the forms has a stamp that says “Brigade
1, Masanjia,” with “Detachment 1” handwritten on it, indicating that the production was
done by Detachment 1 of Brigade 1 of Masanjia labor camp.
Accusations of slave labor in Masanjia on behalf of Shenyang Goodwork have appeared
since 2007 on the Falun Gong website Minghui.org. Minghui.org was set up about one month before
the persecution of Falun Gong started in 1999. Since then, it has been the main platform
for mainland Chinese Falun Gong practitioners to submit first-hand accounts and information
about the persecution in China (while risking their lives to do so).
A search for “diode” in the Chinese language on Minghui.org produced 84 articles.
According to reports, inmates from at least 13 labor camps, detention centers, and prisons
were forced to make diodes. In an article published on Oct. 22, 2014,
Guo Jufeng, an electrical engineer who currently lives in Germany, recalled what happened to
him in China: “I was arrested four times and sent to three
labor camps in China. Altogether, I was incarcerated for 454 days. I was subjected to more than
20 forms of torture. … I was forced to process diodes. … Every day, we worked for more
than 16 hours.” A report published on May 3, 2014, has the
headline “‘The Competition of Straightening Diodes at Changzhou Detention Center in Jiangsu
Province.” The report stated: “Prisoners usually start
their day at 6:10 a.m. and work until 9 or 11 p.m. They are only given five minutes to
eat breakfast and lunch. They are not given time to use the bathroom or drink water.
“The Changzhou Detention Center has a year-round contract with [an electronic company] to process
a variety of diodes. If the quality of diodes is poor and they get returned, the guards
punish the prisoners who made them. They are forced to sit on a board from 7 a.m. until
9:30 p.m. for anywhere from a week to a month. After sitting for such a long time, they can’t
walk normally. They are not allowed to take a shower and are tortured to the verge of
death. “The detention center holds a diode polishing
‘competition’ every day. The two inmates who make the least diodes that day have to
work two additional shifts. They have to stand up as they work and can only sleep three to
four hours. Every inmate works desperately to avoid being one of the slowest two. The
fact is, no matter how hard everyone works, there are always two that are the slowest.”
According to a report posted on Minghui.org, many labor camps and prisons don’t pay anything
to the inmates at all, while inmates from Masanjia were paid 10 RMB ($1.45) per month.
Since the start of the trade war between the United States and China, there have been calls
to “relink” human rights with trade. So far this has not happened. Without human rights
being included, other issues such as intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer,
and government subsidies have proven to be challenging enough for an agreement to be
reached. Olivia Enos, a policy analyst at The Heritage
Foundation’s Asian Studies Center, told The Epoch Times that there are actually several
kinds of existing mechanisms the United States can use to address the slave labor issue in
China. “The first one would be to consider using
Global Magnitsky authorities,” “The second mechanism that they have is not only the investigative
authorities that the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and U. S. Commerce have in conjunction
with the Treasury to investigate whether or not goods produced with forced labor are making
their way into the U.S. market, but they actually have the ability to stop those imports out
and out through an authority called ‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions
Act.’” Enos said this act is very important, as it
has the ability to shut down imports from the companies and even those countries, as
a whole, where forced labor is used. She said the United States can also use diplomatic
channels to discourage other countries from cooperating with countries that use forced
labor. Thank you very much for joining me on this
episode of Declassified, I look forward to seeing you very soon.
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Comments
  1. So what I get out of the is that America (yes that country that fought a civil war to end slavery) has been allowing and protecting slavery by giving the CCP first nation status for decades.

  2. Too think; the extreme left would prefer to continue to outsource all jobs to countries like this in order to keep homeland America's environment "pristine" and the costs of goods very cheap so that they can continue to buy from tech giants like Amazon!

  3. Diodes are better than digging canals by shovel, in winter, in Siberia….
    We should make our inmates work as well, feed and house them properly, 8-10 hour shifts, at a reasonable wage, nothing wrong with that!

  4. Define Irony. 2000 Chinese die at a communists China labor fireworks factory while making fireworks so Americans could celebrate their independence day

  5. This is why tariffs people… It’s going to cost more to buy stuff but production needs to come back to the US or at least fair trade. China can underbid anyone because of slave labor.

  6. It’s so awful I can’t watch it. Many of my friends can’t either. We prefer, never to do business with China.

  7. Many Human rights were included in the new NAFTA agreement,, but not with China trade.. China gets a pass on ever thing.. They must be special..

  8. I just bought a pack of 200 (assorted) Diodes from China. They were very straight.. and only $4 USD for all 200 Diodes….
    If I had know they were made like this,, I would have bought more.. Ya gotta help these poor people out..

  9. I’m not perfect but I do my best to buy American made products.
    I’ve sent items back because I discovered their Chinese origin.

  10. And now we know why GM wants to move to China!!!! Time to boycott GM for abandoning U.S. workers in favor of supporting a communist country!!!!

  11. And yet the UN does nothing. People forget Bill Clinton granted MFN, Most Favored Nation status which guaranteed China could become  full member of the WTO. He promised that trade with China would guarantee improvement of human rights in China. No president since has done anything to force China to improve their human rights record. It has been reported though that the government has stopped charging the families for the round used to execute their relative. They really did charge families that isn't a joke.

  12. Now we know what joe and Hunter Biden are working with China, here at home they enslaved the blacks, fight for illegals and enslave religious groups in China for slave labor. Biden and his 🐴 💩 can go to China and live, u money laundering China lovers, how in the hell do u sleep at night.

  13. Our labor competes with slave labor. Are globalists smart in long term?
    Let econ war with china goons begin! Trump gets trade deals with othen asian countries.

  14. China is horrible. I won't buy anything made in China. Their payback isn't going to be a pretty picture. Those poor prisoners. China is inhumane. . . . .

  15. YaHVeH’s kingdom come through HIS Right Hand Yahvshua the Messi’Yah! It is unbelievable what other humans will do to other humans.

  16. This is what Commie Corbyn and sec-in-command want to do do Britain if the stupid cannon fodder vote them in to power.

  17. And the worst part is, most of the crap coming out of China is worthless junk. I bought some $450.00 headphones that lasted about a month before they fell apart. And a TV that lasted two months before it went out. The quality is definitely not there.

  18. Worldwide good people suffer their insane governments and are completely helpless to prevent their insane governments from doing horrible things.

  19. DUHHH. IT HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR CENTURIES. WONDER HOW MANY ARE WORKING IN BIDEN AND OTHER DEMS COLLABORATED WITH CHINA TO PROFIT?

  20. Always excellent journalism MSM runs silent, runs deep on. This is what's in store for humanity if the bankster, eugenics, inbred, pedovore, luciferian, psychopath, New World Order, One World Govt Elites succeed in their 1984, Brave New World, Hunger Games Agenda 21 & 30 end game.

  21. EVIL SATAN CONTROLLED BY COMMUNIST PARTY . MAY GOD TAKE THESE TERRIBLE LEADERS OUT OF CHINA . MAY GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING ABUSED TORTURED. HUMAN RIGHTS MUST WIN . GO TRUMP GO MAGA . TERRIBLE CHINA FORCE LABOR NO PNE SHOULD EXCHANGE WITH CHINA GOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO THERE PEOPLE .

  22. CHINA IS EVIL TERRIBLE ANOTHER EVIL EVIL COUNTRY . CHINA. ALL COMMUNIST ARE EVIL EVIL . BAD BAD SATAN COUNTRY . NEVER TRUST CHINA . GO TRUMP GO 2020 . THEY ARE CRUEL , THEY ARE LIKE BARBARIC BREED OF EVIL PEOPLE . CHINA EVIL

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