"Free Trade" IS the New Slave Trade

By Christopher R Rice

I have no pleasure writing about anyone's pain or suffering. I do not make money from this blog so I do not profit from misery. I dread the thought of having to report on another unnecessary police killing, a corrupt government or slavery. The only reason I do report about rape, corruption or other such vile things is to shed light on the darkness. Evil hates light, right? But if I can only reach 10 to 1,000 people with this blog, I haven't shed enough light to bring justice to anyone, have I? So, either you find what I'm doing worth reposting or you don't, I can't do it for you. I'm already working for free.


New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge was recently renovated using wood from sources linked to slave labor.

An investigation has revealed U.S.-based companies bought timber from Brazilian traders that sourced forest products from several sawmills in the Amazon where loggers worked under slave labor conditions.

Slave labor-analogous conditions were revealed by investigation of logging camps in Pará, Brazil.

A supply chain investigation of the timber harvested through these camps has found links to markets in Brazil and the U.S.

Major retailers with links to intermediaries that sourced wood from logging camps found to use slave labor practices include Lowe’s, Timber Holdings, and Brazilian Walmart stories. Timber Holdings has used wood from Brazil in major renovation projects for New York’s Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park.

Read more: Fighting Slave Labor in Brazil


For the record, American corporations like Walmart, Costco, Nike, Adidas, Converse, Apple, 7-Eleven, Foot Locker, and a host of other multi-national companies don’t directly enslave people, except for 7-Eleven which was actually caught in the act in 2013. Instead, these Wall Street behemoths either purchase the products they sell from third world manufacturers, or manufacture their own merchandise by subcontracting the work out to third world manufacturers. Time and time again, many of these subcontractors are caught using slaves to produce the cheap items filling American store shelves.

Thailand. Americans have long known that Walmart and other discount stores sell products made by slaves. And illustrating a national hypocrisy, the American people have no problem with that. Now, Costco has been added to the list of slave-using corporations. This time, the slaves are found in Thailand, toiling day and night against their will for no pay to provide the American people and the world all the cheap shrimp they can eat.

A report last week from our friends at Natural News exposed a horrifying discovery writing, ‘Some of the most popular American corporations are importing shrimp at super-cheap prices from Thailand, where migrant workers are in slavery, like in Nazi Germany, being tortured while they work for no pay 20 hours a day.’

America is not only the largest importer of shrimp on Earth, but the Thai’s largest shrimp customer.

Consumers are advised to avoid all farm raised shrimp and domestic wild shrimp from the Gulf and West coasts. Shrimp is plentiful in the US and wild catches off the coast of America’s northeast are the safest bet. Alaskan shrimp, like all of the state’s seafood, is fiercely protected by industry companies and regulators alike and is also considered safe.

Read more: Revealed: Asian slave labor producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK
For more information, visit Natural News.


SAKS FIFTH AVE. Stephanie Wilson was reaching for a receipt inside a paper shopping bag from Saks Fifth Avenue when she found a letter pleading, “HELP HELP HELP.”

The message, written in blue ink on white lined paper, appeared to be a desperate cry from a man who said he made the bag while being unfairly held in a Chinese prison factory more than 7,000 miles away.

“We are ill-treated and work like slaves for 13 hours every day producing these bags in bulk in the prison factory,” continued the letter, which was tucked into the bottom of the bag. It ended, “Thanks and sorry to bother you.”

“I read the letter and I just shook,” said Wilson, 28, an Australian who lives in West Harlem. “I could not believe what I was reading.”

The note, which Wilson found after buying a pair of Hunter rain boots at Saks in September 2012, was signed Tohnain Emmanuel Njong and was accompanied by a small passport-photo sized color picture of a man in an orange jacket, she said.

The letter, which also included a Yahoo email address on the back, triggered a hunt for the whereabouts of the mystery man.

Harry Wu, the founder of Laogai Research Foundation, spent 19 years in a Chinese prison factory, known as laogai. He said he took steps to verify the letter and believes that Njong took a huge risk in writing and sending it.

“There would be solitary confinement until you confess and maybe later they increase your sentence — or even death,” Wu said.

According to DHS senior policy adviser Kenneth Kennedy, the department was made aware of a woman in Oregon who made international news in 2012 when she discovered a similar letter detailing abuse and grueling labor in a Chinese prison when it fell from a Halloween decoration she’d bought at Kmart.

Using the now-inactive email address and social media accounts, DNAinfo located a man who said he wrote the letter that Wilson found.

In a two-hour phone interview, a man who identified himself as Njong said he wrote the letter during his three-year prison sentence in the eastern city of Qingdao, Shandong Province.

Unprompted, Njong described obscure details in the letter, like its mention of Samuel Eto’o, a professional soccer player on English premiere league team Chelsea, who like Njong is from Cameroon in West Africa.

He added that he wrote a total of five letters while he was behind bars — some in French that he hid in bags labeled with French words, and others in English, he said.

Njong, who is now 34, said he had been teaching English in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen when he was arrested in May 2011 and charged with fraud, a crime he said he never committed.

He said he was held in a detention center for 10 months while awaiting a government-sponsored lawyer, who represented him at his court trial and sentencing. He said he was barred from contact with the outside community.

Njong’s arrest and imprisonment were confirmed by his legal aid lawyer in China.

Embassies for Cameroon in Beijing and Washington did not return emails or calls for comment. The Chinese embassy in New York did not respond to requests for comment.

Njong said he was imprisoned in the eastern city of Qingdao, Shandong Province, where he was forced to work long days in a factory, starting at 6 a.m. and continuing as late as 10 p.m. He sometimes made paper shopping bags like the one from Saks, while other times he assembled electronics or sewed garments.

Each prisoner was required to meet a daily production quota, Njong said. He said he and the other convicts were given a pen and paper to record their productivity — and that he used that pen and paper to secretly write his letters.

“We were being monitored all the time,” Njong said. “I got under my bed cover and I wrote it so nobody could see that I was writing anything.”

He said he hoped the letter would help lead someone to him.

“Maybe this bag could go somewhere and they find this letter and they can let my family know or anybody [know] that I am in prison,” explained Njong.

Njong said he was discharged from prison in December 2013 — he received a reduced sentence for good behavior — and was put on a plane back to Cameroon, where he reunited with relatives who had no idea what had happened to him and had believed him to be dead, he said.

“It was the biggest surprise of my life,” said Njong. “I am just happy that someone heard my cry.”

Wilson, who has never spoken to Njong, said she thinks about his plea for help all the time. She had always been mindful of the products she purchased and where they were made in a bid to avoid sweatshop labor, but she never thought to worry about generic products like shopping bags.

Read more: Saks Fifth Ave. Shopper Finds Prison Laborer’s Secret Cry For ‘HELP’ Inside Shopping Bag

Another note found in the zipper section of a purse purchased at the Sierra Vista Walmart by Laura Wallace, appeared to be from a Chinese prisoner.

According to a Fox News report, Wallace had the letter translated three times, just to ensure its accuracy. The letter read:

“Inmates in the Yingshan Prison in Guangxi, China are working 14 hours daily with no break/rest at noon, continue working overtime until 12 midnight, and whoever doesn’t finish his work will be beaten. Their meals are without oil and salt. Every month, the boss pays the inmate 2000 yuan, any additional dishes will be finished by the police. If the inmates are sick and need medicine, the cost will be deducted from the salary. Prison in China is unlike prison in America, horse cow goat pig dog (literally, means inhumane treatment).”

Wallace told KVOA, “I’m very sure that that’s exactly what the note says.”

WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/gRTHttcyZZ8


Nine owners and managers of more than a dozen 7-Eleven stores on Long Island and in Virginia were charged Monday in a scheme to traffic in workers from Pakistan to work their stores, provide them with identities stolen from U.S. citizens and steal a substantial portion of their wages, prosecutors said.

The workers were allegedly forced to live in housing provided by the franchise owners and pay them cash rent, in addition to the funds that were skimmed off the top of their paychecks when the store owners received payroll from corporate headquarters, authorities said.

Read more: 7-Eleven Human Trafficking Bust http://www.cnbc.com/id/100821013

'THIS IS SLAVERY': U.S. inmates strike in what activists call one of the biggest prison protests in modern history

In his 29 years in prison, David Bonner has mopped floors, cooked hot dogs in the cafeteria and, most recently, cut sheets of aluminum into Alabama license plates. The last job paid $2 a day — enough to buy a bar of soap at the commissary or make a short phone call. "This is slavery," said Bonner, who is 51 and serving a life sentence for murder. "We're forced to work these jobs and we get barely anything.” He was speaking on a mobile phone smuggled into his 8-by-12 foot cell in Alabama’s Holman Correctional Facility, where he and dozens of other inmates were on strike. They’re among a growing national movement of prisoners who have staged work stoppages or hunger strikes to protest....

Thousands of prisoners in some 24 states engaged in a work strike September 9, protesting their forced labor for no or little pay, along with a number of other dangerous and unhealthy conditions and practices that confront the more than 2 million people incarcerated in the United States.

We really have to realize that all of the prison systems in this country are based on prison labor. They couldn’t run without the prisoners. So 98 percent of all the work done to maintain these extensive housing projects, this vast amount of public housing, really, is done by prisoners. And that’s the main work. There are other companies that come in and use workers, but it’s not the main problem. The main problem is the warehousing of a workforce.

So people are targeted for mass incarceration in this country like no other country in the world. One in 99 people are in prison, one in 46 people will do prison time, and if you add in race, one in three black men will do prison time.

So the economy is targeting people by race, by class and by place. What they need, humanely: educational resources, work and jobs.

According to Grasswire, a collection of prison labor statistics listed on Prison Policy Initiative show that the lowest daily wage for a prisoner working in the private industry is $0.16, while other states do not pay their inmates at all. The statistics also show that county facilities do not offer paid work, but they offer work to inmates awaiting trial.

As many as 870,000 prisoners are employed nationwide, some in manufacturing jobs for which they are paid a few cents an hour, if they are paid at all. It is a long list of companies that use prison labor including McDonald’s, Starbucks, AT&T, Verizon, Victoria Secret, United Airlines.

Read more- 'This is slavery': U.S. inmates strike in what activists call one of the biggest prison protests in modern history http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-prison-strike-snap-story.html

Bruce Franklin's article, "The American Prison and the Normalization of Torture," shows how the American prison system developed into a central institution of U.S. society, one that has made torture routine and acceptable. The physical, mental, and sexual abuse glimpsed at Abu Ghraib is part of the daily experience for two million people caged in American prisons, while most of the rest of the American public acquiesces or denies the reality of this torture.


Today, American corporations move to places like Honduras, Bangladesh or El Salvador. The American military trains and funds their governments "security forces". What should be called by their rightful name: DEATH SQUADS. Death squads were first invented in America and first used on Americans, Native Americans. Today, the US trains these techniques the whole world over. The US Army Col. "James Steele", responsible for training South American death squads, was also sent to Iraq. We have a lot of pictures of innocent Iraqis being tortured. And when the torture is done by the host countries "security forces" that America pays and trains, we are somehow absolved of any wrong doing. All the while American CEOs laugh all the way to their offshore bank accounts. And the mass graves keep piling up, everywhere the United States goes.

As American sponsored civil wars rage across Latin America, many innocent civilians began to flee. They fled into America. Good Christian Americans said we're going to build a wall to keep you out. "Go home Jose."

The same thing is happening in Syria today. You have an American sponsored civil war, refugees trying to flee to safety and good Christian Americans talking about a vetting system. It would stand to reason that the people interested in fighting wouldn't be fleeing the fighting.

I've been writing and exposing the lies and the crimes of these international CEOs, their Wall Street bankers and their puppet US government and puppet American politicians, for over 35 years now. I kept expecting my fellow Americans to rise up with me, but then they arrested Bradley Manning for exposing the truth. Then they put him into solitary confinement, the equivalent of torture. Then Julian Assange had to go into hiding for exposing the truth. And this wasn't some sick twisted law and order Republican that was locking up all of these whistleblowers. Oh no! It was the supposedly ultra liberal Barack Obama. And then Snowden was forced to go into hiding.

Americans have often wondered why we have no leaders, why no one is willing to stand up and lead us out of this mess. But we do, we do have leaders. The problem is that Americans will not stand up and protect her leaders.

Instead my fellow Americans gleefully marched into the voting booth and voted for either a war criminal or a charlatan. And both camps said they would be outraged if their puppet didn't win.

Americans whine and complain incessantly that American media is owned by 6 major corporations and that corporate news is more interested in entertaining us than informing us. Yet, Americans refuse to support independent, alternative media that is accurate and informative. As a quick example, WikiLeaks was forced to beg for donations while releasing the DNC emails during our last presidential elections.

In other words, while we are busy sticking our necks out, for YOU, Americans are in their easy chairs with the remote in one hand and a beer in the other. But don't worry America, no need to feed the activist we will just end up dead or in jail anyways. The head of BLM was murdered by the police and four students were shot in the back in Ohio because they were protesting. No need for you to donate money, time or for you to volunteer, when we stick our necks out to make America better for all of us. Just go back to sleep, you do not want to believe.

Read more: American Slavery Today



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