While recently unpacking some Halloween items that were purchased last year from K-Mart, a woman named Julie Keith came across a letter from a Chinese worker tucked in between two novelty tombstones. As she opened the letter, she was appalled and saddened by what she read. One of the employees of the factory in China where this product was made, was making a plea to whoever found the letter for help because of the heinous conditions in which they were forced to work. The letter begged the receiver of that letter to contact the World Human Rights Organization for help. Julie Keith felt a great deal of grief that she had waited an entire year to open this box, and that the letter had gone unnoticed for so long.
The letter itself told of the harsh, sweatshop conditions that these Chinese laborers were forced to work, by the Chinese Communist Party Government. It told of how they were forced to work in harsh conditions, seven days a week with no breaks or holidays for fifteen hours a day, with nearly no payment (10 Yuan a month), which is approximately $1.61 per month. It stated that thousands of people there were under persecution, and if the receiver of the letter would try to help them, that they would thank them and remember them forever.
The conditions described in the letter were horrific, and stated that if anyone gets out of line at all, they were tortured, beat, and verbally abused by their employers.
Julie Keith and her husband went to work right away, trying to get in touch with the World Human Rights Organization, but received no response to their request. Julie then got onto Facebook for some kind of advice on what to do, and one of her friends told her to contact Amnesty International. She made several attempts to alert them about this letter, but was ignored by this organization as well.
Frustrated, she finally went to her local newspaper, the Oregonian. Keith stated, “The reporter, Rachel Stark, got through to Human Rights Watch, in which I had had no luck”.
It seems this is not the first time that a letter like this has made it into the United States asking for help. Just this week, a letter was found, written in Chinese, on a toilet seat which had been made in China. This letter was posted on the website, Reddit.
Although the World Human Rights Organization has said it has not been able to authenticate these letters, the letter written to Julie Keith even had the specific address of the factory in China in which these people worked. Obviously, the terrible conditions in which the Chinese have treated their workers have been known for quite some time, but nothing has been done to help these people. Honestly, it seems as though a lot of companies here in the United States, such as Nike, who have their merchandise made in China, do not seem to care about the conditions in which these people are working or do not want to deal with the issue, because if they did, there would be a lot of money lost in these companies. It is a fact that a great deal of the merchandise that is sold in the United States is made in China, and if we were to step in and help these people, there would obviously be a major drop in merchandise and money that can be made. This is an example of greed at its worst. It seems that these companies feel that as long as we don’t have to see it or experience it, that it’s okay, but there are thousands of Chinese workers that are suffering so that companies in the United States can get wealthy, and that is wrong. That not only makes us guilty of greed, but also makes us accomplices in the persecution that is going on in China. If we know something is going on that is not right, and we do nothing to help because we are afraid it will hurt our pocketbooks, then we are just as guilty as the Chinese Communist Party Government.
It looks as though nothing will be done about these letters or cries for help by the World or United States Organizations, so now this must become an issue for the consumer. The next time you are out shopping, remember this article and look to see where the merchandise you are thinking of purchasing has been made. If it says, “Made in China”, you might want to consider whether you want to be a part of this crime against humanity. If we all take a stand, and stop buying the products that are made in China, then just maybe these companies will finally do the right thing, and get help to the people in China that are being treated so inhumanly.
Thank you to Julie Keith who made this a national issue and would not give up until this letter was taken seriously. You are truly a person full of compassion and empathy, and it is honorable that you tried so hard to help someone that cried out to you, even though they are thousands of miles away. You did all you could; It is now up to we Americans to unite together and take action by boycotting products and companies that get their merchandise from Chinese sweatshops.
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