Enslaved: Mentally disabled Chinese were slave laborers at illegal brick kilns 

click to enlarge More than 1,500 slave laborers have been rescued in China since 2007. (AP file photo)
  • More than 1,500 slave laborers have been rescued in China since 2007. (AP file photo)

WHAT: Chinese authorities are trying to identify the latest 30 people rescued from brick kilns where they were enslaved, confined and abused. Most of the victims are too mentally confused to know who they are.

HOW: Slaves were kidnapped from streets or railway stations and sold to brick kilns for $45 to $80. They were forced to work all day without pay, locked into cramped sleeping confines nightly and beaten for working slowly.

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS:  Chinese brick kiln slavery has been going on for years. More than 1,500 slave laborers have been rescued since 2007. A top regional Communist official was arrested in 2010 for selling 130 mentally ill slaves.

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