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China: More reports of the enslavement of disabled people

Posted 28/2-11 at 23.36

Zhang Wei, director of the Beijing offices of Enable Disability Studies Institute, a NGO, reports that young women have been sold by psychiatric hospitals as sexual partners and wives and young men with learning difficulties have been imprisoned as forced labourers in coal mines and brick factories.

In an economy with a chronic shortage of manual labour, ruthless recruiters often prey on people with learning difficulties or mental health problems. The worst offenders work with the brick kilns that are feeding a seemingly insatiable appetite for the new apartment complexes and malls cropping up around the countryside.


Editorial comment: This report adds further evidence and harrowing individual stories to the article on the forced labour of disabled people in China carried in the December issue of Our Rights.



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