THE HORRORS OF BLACK JAILS IN CHINA
Working conditions in these plants are worse than you think!
While a recent New York Post article highlighted the slave-like conditions in iPhone assembly plants in China, it’s far worse than you might think. For the Post’s account of this horrible tragedy you can click on the link below:
For more on the horrors of China’s cheap labour, read Max Allen’s Eyes on China.
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The unspoken tragedy of the Chinese workforce is the preponderance of ‘Black Jails’ used heavily by foreign firms for assembly and finishing of their products for ‘pennies on the dollar’. I spent 15 years in China and have witnessed the horrors of slave labour. The conditions spoken of by the New York Post are well presented but pale in comparison to what I have seen in the Black Jails of China.
There is so much more I can tell, but it’s easier to read the book. This is a very brief summary of the horror that is a black jail. Let me begin by saying that black jails are illegal in China but, as corruption is still king, they continue to operate and reap unheard of profits.
After witnessing and even sneaking into a black jail I began to gather information on them and learnt a great deal about the oppression and exploitation in service to firms based in the west.
Where do they get their workers? Children with deformities [read ‘Eyes on China’ by Max Allen, available from amazon.com] and infirm elderly are ‘sold’ to black jails. They’ll never be missed since they are typically kept at home and hidden from view. They’re easy to ‘dispose of’ while turning a handy profit. An example: Lin Hua, mother of 7-year-old Wang Hui born with only one arm, was at the end of her rope. The child was too old to ‘put down’ [the age limit is 4] and was becoming hard to keep since sending her to school would have brought shame on her family.
She sold little Hui to a black jail for ¥5,000 [about $US700] she was supposedly never to be seen again, another slave in another black jail. By absolute chance, I found her in a black jail located in the basement of an abandoned steam plant in the nearby industrial town of Liao Hua. This is the black jail I managed to sneak into. I witnessed children as young as 5 or 6 [it’s hard to guess age, especially in the oriental community] and folks in their senior years working at various workstations.
The air and heat were unbearable as smoke and whirling dust from aluminium, smoke, and burning plastics pervaded. Small children worked at open buffing wheels. They had no eye protection, face masks, or even gloves. I saw a little boy barely 10 or 11-years-old working on a polishing wheel, his hands bleeding as he coughed and wheezed at the wheel. He was one of dozens working at a feverish pace demanded by their slave masters.
A largish man, hot and sweaty as well and wearing a double-filtered face mask, walked among the stations threatening workers and demanding they ‘pick up the pace’ as they polished and finished phone cases for an American mobile phone manufacturer. These ‘i-telephones’ were being made for pennies on the dollar with the free slave labour of this black jail.
Black Jails in China assemble medical equipment, cell phones and electronic goods, as well as tennis shoes, sportswear, and even food processors. It costs about 11 cents an hour to keep them working at their stations 12 hours a day. They charge these ‘famous brand’ firms in the west about $US1 an hour. I watched two kids working on sneakers for a major seller. I’ll never by that ‘swooshi’ brand again.
I could say much more, and there is much more to be said, but you know enough now to understand the unspeakable cruelty of slavery and human rights abuse taking place in China.
The New York Post has a compelling article that is well worth reading, but it only scratches the tip of the iceberg that is Chinese inhumanity and cruelty.I’m Max, and that’s the way I see it!