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Chinese police confirm petitioner forced to toil in brick kiln


14:36, October 20, 2011

SHIJIAZHUANG, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese police on Thursday said a rural resident who journeyed to Beijing to petition authorities over grievances was kidnapped by human traffickers and forced to toil in a small brick kiln -- confirming the latest report of petitioners being preyed upon in the capital.

Police in Wuqiao County, north province of Hebei, said human traffickers tricked Yang Xiangzheng, 57, and six other men into working in one of Wuqiao's small brick kilns in June. The brick kiln paid the traffickers 1,600 yuan (252 U.S. dollars) per head for the laborers.

Yang fled the brick kiln after seven days. Police are still probing Yang's claims that they were worked like slaves and frequently beaten, a charge the brick kiln owner and other employees deny.

Yang's case was first reported by the liberal Southern Metropolitan newspaper on Wednesday.

The report said Yang traveled from his home village in central China to Beijing in June to air grievances of a suspected land grab by local officials, but said he was ignored by authorities. While sleeping on the roadside, he was kidnapped by a group of men and taken to the brick kiln in Wuqiao.

Yang described humiliating working and living conditions -- laborers were forced to have their heads shaven, given uniforms like prisoners and slept with dogs, according to the report.

A centuries-old tradition, rural residents who find their complaints ignored locally sometimes travel to Beijing to petition higher authorities. But cases of petitioners being rounded up and brought back to their home provinces are frequently reported.

In September, a tourist traveling to Beijing was mistaken as a petitioner, brutally beaten, and brought back to his home province by thugs hired by local officials. Six officials were sacked in the scandal.

It is not immediately known whether Yang's case involves official misconduct. But it is common in China for human traffickers to roam bus and railway stations, conning job seekers with false offers -- and sometimes abducting them. Some victims are directly sold to local buyers, while others are sent to slave agents who sell them to factories around the country.


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