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Migrant workers sold as slaves in China: Report

Last Updated: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 16:10

Beijing: Several unscrupulous employment
agencies in a central Chinese city are reportedly recruiting
migrant workers and selling them as slaves where they are
subjected to dreadful working conditions.

Several such unlicensed agencies function from hidden
around the railway station in Zhengzhou, a transportation hub
that is the capital of Henan Province, a media report said.

A complete network from recruitment to distribution was
formed to sell migrant workers to do physical work in mines,
quarries and kilns under dreadful working conditions with
little or no pay, the Economic Information Daily reported
on Sunday.

The daily illustrated the case of 28-year-old Zhu Wei,
who had just arrived in Zhengzhou to look for a job in April.

A man offered him a job in a paint factory at a monthly salary
of 1,500 yuan (USD 235).

Zhu was then led to a hostel and locked in a room with
10-plus others who appeared "mentally retarded," the report

The next day, the group was sent to several quarries in
eastern Shandong Province.

"We didn`t have any protection and were directly exposed
in the dust. Cameras were installed on the walls to prevent us
from escape," Zhu told the newspaper.

Zhu managed to flee the quarry and reported the case to
the police. Six suspects at the quarry have been arrested.

Prosecutors say it was difficult to go after the illegal
employment agencies partly because they were well-disguised
and it was hard to collect evidence.


First Published: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 16:10
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