Published on August 27, 2014
1) The issue adressed in my case study is prison slavery in China. In China in order to create cheap products to export often prison slaves will be used to make these products. For example Charles Lee was placed in prison along with 100,000 others who shared his belief and was forced to make western commodities in a factory. In China there are more than 1000 slave labour prisons and camps called "The Laogai" with millions of men and women imprisoned within them. I do believe there is evidence of the commodification of humans as we can see that humans are being used to create wealth in a cheap commodity so and therefore are valued the same as the cheap product. 2) Slavery is a condition where a human being is used for exhausting labour and has had their freedom stripped form them. My case study does meet the definition. Prison slaves in China are in some cases forced to work from 7am till 12am, in extreme conditions with extremely exhausting work. They are also held in prison therefore they are stripped of there freedom. 3) Article 4: Men and Women are held in prison slavery in China therefore violating this human right. Article 5: Often prison slaves are tortured or beat if they refuse to work, along with unbearable working conditions violates this article. Article 9 & 10 & 11: Many of the Prison slaves are detained without fair trial or without having committed a real crime. Article 18 & 19: Many Prison slaves are religious or political dissidents arrested for expressing their views therefore lacking freedom of thought. Article 24: Prisoners are often forced to complete certain working hours without leisure or rest.