It has been estimated that there are at least 1000 child slaves working in the brick kilns of northwestern Shanxi. Besides child slaves, adult slaves have been found recently in Shangxi.
A Chinese reporter working for a Henan media, who tried to rescue the child slaves accused the local police in Shanxi as being totally unhelpful. Reportedly, the police even turned parents away by saying that the "slavery" was nothing more than labor dispute. Some parents have been sent away from the factories because of the collusion between local officials and the kiln owners.
According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Liu Cheng, a professor of labor law at Shanghai Normal University, had a different explanation.
"My first reaction is that this seems like a typical example of a government-business alliance," Liu said. "Forced labor and child labor in China are illegal, but some local governments don't care too much." The local police, she said, were unwilling to help. Outside one factory, they demanded bribes.
When you're in any building, consider the fact that the construction materials might've came from these very kilns. Consider the fact that tiny hands moved such large rocks for little more than nothing. Consider the fact that this is one example within too many in this world...
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