On December 23, The Oregonian reported that a graveyard kit worth US$29.99 surprised Oregon resident Julie Keith. Among artificial skeletons, tombstones and spiderwebs, Keith found a disturbing letter from inside a Chinese labor camp that produced the kit. The letter’s words — a mix of Chinese and English — were a cry for help, but the letter bore no signature.
“Sir: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.”
The letter also said the graveyard kit was made in Unit 8, Department 2 of the Masanjia Labor Camp in Shenyang, China. “People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays. Otherwise, they will suffer torturement, beat and rude remark. Nearly no payment.”
A shocked Ms. Keith posted the letter to Facebook to spread the plea for help. The Oregonian reported:
“After The Oregonian informed the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about the letter, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations began looking into the case.”
NTD Television has already interviewed several overseas Falun Gong practitioners who had previously been detained in the Masanjia Labor Camp for their beliefs. The practitioners reported working very long hours, with no weekends or breaks, and for little or no money.
They produced sweaters or handicrafts that were often toxic. Practitioners unwilling to renounce their faith had their persecution doubled. Contact with the outside was completely cut off for all detainees. If an attempt to seek help were discovered, severe punishment — or even disappearance — would result.
Practitioners from Beijing and Changchun have confirmed that slave labor, brainwashing, and cruel torture are not isolated to Masanjia, but have taken place in other labor camps and detention centers.
Chang Shige of Changchun City spoke of the intolerable pain endured, and the unbelievable approach taken. “Now it’s exposed to the international community, the forced labor camp may have also started a thorough investigation into this matter. I hope the righteous people, overseas media, and organizations will all stand up to stop the persecution.”
The Oregonian reported:
“Title 19, section 1307 of U.S. Code generally prohibits the importation of all items ‘mined, produced, or manufactured’ in any foreign country by convict labor, forced labor, and/or indentured labor.”
Sears Holdings Corporation, owner of the kit’s seller Kmart, stated in a release that termination of business would result if the use of forced labor were confirmed upon investigation.