China has rescued 31 people forced to work for a year as slaves, according to China Shanxi News. A brickworks, run by the son of a local Communist Party official, supplied them only bread and water. They received no pay. The factory is near Linfen in the inland province of Shanxi, China.
Eight of the workers now can only remember their names. One slave was beaten to death with a hammer for not working hard enough. All of the survivors have bruises, wounds and burns, having been made to carry uncooled bricks and walk barefoot in the kiln.
They were guarded by dogs and “thugs” at the factory. The boss was allowed to get away with the bad treatment because of his political connections. The workers are still living at the brickworks while the local government tries to get their wages.
Millions of migrant workers from poor rural areas have flocked to urban areas to find work. They often work for as little as $2 a day or less.
Many of these laborers work without formal contracts. They have little legal recourse in case of disputes.
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