China Works to Shutter Forced Labor Camps

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A group of slave laborers waits at a village police station after being rescued in late May from a brick kiln in Hongtong County in northern China's Shanxi province. The incident has led to similar raids in the area. AP/EyePress hide caption

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A group of slave laborers await identity check at a village police station after being rescued

A group of slave laborers waits at a village police station after being rescued in late May from a brick kiln in Hongtong County in northern China's Shanxi province. The incident has led to similar raids in the area.

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The son of a local Communist Party leader has been implicated in forced labor in China's Shanxi and Henan Provinces, where impoverished people, many of them children, have been abducted or lured to brick kilns, locked up and forced to work without pay. The central government expressed outrage at the abuse following reports in the Chinese media.

Families of many of the enslaved workers hadn't known why they vanished or where they were, and parents are searching for missing children.

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