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Shanxi Brickyard Abuses & Chains Mentally Disabled Labor

A mentally disabled man lies in a motorized tricycle.
Liu Xiaoping is 29 this year, and comes from Yangdi Town of Shanyang County, In June, he was held captive in a private home near a brickyard by a man named "Old Fang" from southern Shanxi, simultaneously with 10 other people. Photo is of December 19th, where a cold and starving Liu Xiaoping lay drifting between consciousness.
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Liu Xiaoping is 29 this year, and comes from Yangdi Town of Shanyang County, In June, he was held captive in a private home near a brickyard by a man named "Old Fang" from southern Shanxi, simultaneously with 10 other people. Photo is of December 19th, where a cold and starving Liu Xiaoping lay drifting between consciousness.

Last week, we translated photographs and reports of a Xinjiang, China brick kiln that employed and abused mentally-handicapped laborers. Here is another story, but this time in Shanxi province.

From NetEase:

Shanxi brickyards use mentally disabled as labor, victims hit with bricks and burned by cigarettes

A brickyard in Shanxi holds captive over ten mentally disabled persons, forcing them to work. If they aren’t able to work, they suffer getting hit with bricks, and at night they are also chained to their beds. Each day they work 11 hours, and every month their wages are stolen by the foreman.

Liu Xiaoping, a mentally-handicapped laborer has his injured leg examined by his younger brother.
Liu Xiaoping has gone through several brick kilns, been beaten when he can no longer work, and at night also chained to the bed. Each day he works 11 hours, and every month their wages are stolen by the foreman. Old Fang often picks up bricks and hits his body, also using cigarette butts to burn him, even using a knife to cut him. Photo is of December 19th, at the Shanxi province Gaoling Public Security Bureau. As Liu Xiaowei presses down on his elder brother's leg, Liu Xiaoping (right) immediately screams that it hurts. He says it is because someone hit him with a brick.
Liu Xiaoping's face is covered with dirt, having recently escaped his abusive brickyard captors.
Liu Xiaoping's entire body is covered in dirt, with multiple injuries.
Injuries and scars cover Liu Xiaoping's body, inflicted by brick kiln managers and owners.
Family members cut off Liu Xiaoping's pants with scissors, discovering that he been scarred repeatedly.
Liu Xiaoping's hand is covered with bloody injuries and scars.
Liu Xiaoping's hand with multiple injuries.
Liu Xiaping wipes away tears as his brother notifies family that he has been found.
After Liu Xiaoping's brother Liu Xiaowei (left) found his elder brother, he called family members to report that he is safe and sound now. After escaping his suffering, Liu Xiaoping cannot held but wipe away tears.
A starving Liu Xiaoping eats with his family around him.
Having not eaten much in six days, Liu Xiaoping (left) can't be bothered to talk with his father (second from left). His family members take out an old photograph to compare and feel his mental condition is much worse than before.
Liu Xiaoping walks in front of the brickyard he was once forced to work at.
Liu Xiaoping in the brick factory where he was once forced to work.

Comments from NetEase:

网易江苏省连云港市网友:

Completely out of control now, people are doing whatever they want [and getting away with it].

网易山东省济南市网友:

I want to cry. I love this country, but all I see are these messes.

网易四川省成都市网友:

The supervising government departments are all eating shit [not doing their jobs]~~~ Why is it always shen ma XX [this or that] media’s report causing the relevant departments to attach importance [to these things~~~ Did [the relevant government departments] really examine and approve when the brickyard applied for its operating license~?

网易山东省青岛市网友:

Truly fucking inhuman people, sad.

网易广东省深圳市网友:

I don’t really have anything to say~ Either way, this is how society is, and the next thing we’ll hear is that the government has started to do something about it. It is always like this.

网易山东省济南市网友:

This is just an extreme isolated case. I wish the major media would not report these kind of incidents, to avoid influencing our country’s normal social harmoniousness. What truly should be dealt with is NetEase’s hidden American agents, and those American dogs [not necessarily Americans, often just means people who worship America] that bash government departments. Those in support, ding this [comment] up, those of you with consciences (American dogs excluded).

网易广东省佛山市网友:

What is wrong with China? Where is the government doing? What use is it feeding you guys to be so white and fat? Why do these things always happen?

网易北京市网友:

This country…has Li Gang, so many so many Li Gangs, and people who help Li Gang, so many so many, so many so many…

网易广东省广州市天河区网友:

Motherfuckers, where is the government supervision, have government officials all died?! Seeing this is unbearable!!

网易福建省泉州市网友:

Don’t always drag in the country on everything. If a country truly never had anything bad happen, then would it still need a government!?
If you don’t love this country, then what country do you love? Japan?
You should see the good side, at the very least, you and I wouldn’t even have been able to see this kind of thing several years ago [because the news would have been suppressed];
We all know how to express our anger. This kind of thing is indeed very unimaginable, but let’s await justice!
Finally, I still want to say something angry, this robber [the brickyard management] deserves to die!

网易河南省洛阳市网友:

Are the black coal pits/mines, black brickyards, and the like truly unable to be regulated/dealt with? No, it’s only because there is no one willing to deal with them and let them go on. The local ZF‘s people all only know how to eat shit [do nothing]!!!

What do you think of some of these Chinese netizens’ comments?

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Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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