LRF will hold press conference to discuss forced labor products

On December 14, 2013 Stuart Foster, a college professor and former Fulbright scholar, was released from his eight-month sentence at the Baiyun Detention Center in Guangzhou, China, one of 1,398 identified administrative or criminal Chinese detention centers in which inmates are forced to perform arduous labor. While imprisoned, Mr. Foster was forced to manufacture Christmas lights and plastic component parts, much of which was ultimately exported to the United States in violation of American and Chinese trade laws. On Friday, June 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM, Mr. Foster will join the Laogai Research Foundation at the National Press Club to discuss the treatment he endured as a detainee and his knowledge of the detention center’s exportation of products to the United States.

The Baiyun Detention Center is part of the Laogai System, China’s vast system of administrative and criminal detention centers in which millions of inmates are forced to labor under grueling conditions. In addition to perpetuating horrific human rights abuses, the Laogai System provides Chinese businesses with millions of free laborers working long hours under the constant threat of torture. Although the Chinese government claims that forced labor products are manufactured solely for domestic consumption, pleas for help from inside the Laogai System in the form of notes enclosed in products ultimately sold in the United States demonstrate that Chinese prison products are sold in American stores. Through conversations with English-speaking detention center guards, Mr. Foster learned that Christmas lights he produced were also shipped to the United States.

Please join Mr. Foster and the Laogai Research Foundation for a rare glimpse into the operations of a Chinese prison factory that manufactures products for export to the United States. Refreshments will be served.​

Time:     12pm - 2pm, June 20, 2014
            Address: Zenger Room, National Press Club
                                 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045



Laogai , the abbreviation for Láodòng Gǎizào (勞動改造/劳动改造), which means "reform through labor," is a slogan of the Chinese criminal justice system and has been used to refer to the use of prison labor and prison farms in the People's Republic of China (PRC). It is estimated that in the last fifty...