China Uproots Child Slave Labor Ring at Brick Plant A slave labor operation in the brick kilns of China's Shanxi province has been uncovered. For years, boys as young as eight have been working in horrifying conditions. But authorities have just begun to free the workers and make arrests. Boys as young as eight years of age were reportedly sold for about $65 each.
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China Uproots Child Slave Labor Ring at Brick Plant

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China Uproots Child Slave Labor Ring at Brick Plant

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A slave labor operation in the brick kilns of China's Shanxi province has been uncovered. For years, boys as young as eight have been working in horrifying conditions. But authorities have just begun to free the workers and make arrests.

As NPR's Anthony Kuhn tells Liane Hansen, there are reports from Shanxi and Henan provinces that poor children are among those who have been abducted to work as forced laborers.

Boys as young as eight years of age were reportedly sold for about $65 each to unscrupulous bosses. Then, they were forced to work 14 to 16 hours a day making bricks in primitive kilns.

Top Chinese leaders have announced a crackdown on child labor.