Image: Note from enslaved Chinese worker put in product & sold in a Kmart in Oregon.

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Here’s the letter a Chinese prisoner at a forced labor camp stuck in a Kmart Halloween set.

FYI: 10 Yuan/month is equal to about $1.63/month U.S.


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.

This Product produced by Unit 8, department 2. Mashanja Labour Camp. Shen yang, Liaoning, 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 (10 Yuan/month)

People who work here, suffer punishment 1~3 years averagelly, but without Court Sentence (unlaw punishment). Many of them are Falun gong practitioner , who are totally innocent people only because they have different believe to CCPG. They often suffer more punishment than others.


“Falun Gong is the religion, labeled as a cult by the Chinese government when it started to become a threat to its absolute power. Apparently there are hundreds of thousands of them in the forced labor camps…so sad.”

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17 Responses to “Image: Note from enslaved Chinese worker put in product & sold in a Kmart in Oregon.”

  1. Ganeshalicious says:

    what was the product?

  2. Diane D'Angelo says:

    Do you have verification that this is legit? It's an important letter, but it would totally suck if it turned out to be a fraud.

  3. Wend says:

    Did the letter reach the WHO as requested? What was the outcome if any?

  4. Cindy says:

    @ Ganeshalicious, what does it matter what the product was?

    • DaveTelf says:

      Knowing what product it came from tells us a lot about where to look in terms of identifying companies whose business models are based on this slave labor. It would also help to establish the legitimacy of the note — re: Diane's comment above, Michael's comment below.

  5. Monica says:

    Incredible. Brave person. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Charlene says:

    And I thought USA minimum wage was slave labor. K-mart and Sears are probably well aware of the cheap labor in China. I hope this letter gets to the World Human Rights as requested, and that there is a follow-up for us. The American people need to quit buying from such places.

  7. Michael says:

    The Falun Gong situation is sad and does not get enough attention. Unfortunately, because of this, the Falun Gong are (legitimately) desperate to attract attention to their cause. The mention of Falun Gong should raise at least a yellow-flag. The letter reports to be written by a prison-camp worker, but in handwritten English script that shows a consistency suggesting that the writer has frequent occasion to write, and to write in English. I think this raises another yellow flag. If the letter is real then it is a powerful message. But I think the two yellow-flags suggest that it would be warranted to provide some context (for example, what does the WHO say about the letter?) before presenting it as a powerful message. Otherwise the powerful message is diminished by the question of whether it is internet-fake.

  8. Jeremy says:

    I don't doubt the accuracy of the content, but I don't believe the letter is genuine. There's a big disconnect between the spelling and grammatical mistakes, and the syntactic structure (word order) which is perfect. The phrase "totally innocent" jumped out as being idiomatic, and not one that would be used by a non-native speaker. I don't believe he'd muff the "-tion" in "persecution" when he nailed it in four other words.

    • Lena says:

      I would disagree on the part of idiomatic phrase that would not be used by a non-native speaker. I'm Russian but my English is better than of many native speakers, especially grammar and spelling. I speak with no accent. So you can't really judge the by the way it was written.
      When you write something being really stressed because you're afraid to get caught, believe me you'll misspell your own name.
      However I do agree overall writing style and syntactic structure is really good. Which again, doesn't mean that letter is a fake.

  9. Joy says:

    I ask the skeptics… Why do you think someone would take the time to forge this letter? I imagine if caught they would be dire repercussions… If it is not legit, why take that chance? …

  10. lflg says:

    In China there are many well versed people on foreign languages. If you visit as a tourist you will see that there are tourist guides available that are fluent in every language. One of those people could´ve written the letter for the forced labor worker to put in his product. Just because the laborer him/herself couldn´t write it doesn´t it´s not true or legitimate. The style of handwriting is consistent with the style I´ve observed in people´s writing in China.

  11. Linda V. Lewis says:

    In Halifax, Nova Scotia there is a small Chinese community who have relatives in China of the Falun Gong sect. This sect is indeed persecuted and I have participated in marches, wearing the T shirt cosponsored by Amnesty International to do more for religious freedom in China.
    Consider the current Tibetan situation. Suicide is against the buddhadharma, yet 120 some monastics have set themselves ablaze because there is no way for them to practice freely.
    Along with WHO check out Amnesty International on this and related issues in China.
    I totally believe this letter is authentic and is not unique. It is just great that elephantjournal is making it more public to spread awareness.

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