A 23-year-old woman sold into sexual slavery in the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth of the United States, told her story of kidnapping, rape and a lucky escape to members of Congress today,
"I was scared. I started crying. I told him, 'I don't like. I don't like.' He then started to rape me ," Kayleen Entena testified today…. conditions in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
BRIAN ROSS: In fact, American authorities have discovered many Chinese workers are forced to sign secret agreements, known as shadow contracts, before they leave China, severely and, in some ways, illegally restricting their activities while on American soil. For example, in this agreement translated into English by American authorities, workers are forbidden to participate in any religious or political activity or to ask for a salary increase or even to fall in love or get married , much as might be the case in mainland China.
ALLAN STAYMAN: To allow them to bring that on to U.S. soil is a very deep concern. We've now documented the facts that management coerces female workers who become pregnant into having abortions. BRIAN ROSS: Several of the cases, the government says it has documented, were at this factory, the one with a contract to make Ralph Lauren Polo t-shirts. This Chinese woman, Tu Xiao Mei, made t-shirts and pants at the factory until she became pregnant. TU XIAO MEI: When I told them I was pregnant, they told me to have an abortion. (From Democracy Now!)
In American Samoa, workers at a garment factory called Daewoosa were charged $200 per month to live in rat-infested company barracks, often 36 people to a room . The factory's principal owner was charged with holding workers in involuntary servitude. The court also found that Daewoosa and several recruiting companies illegally charged the immigrants up to $8,000 to obtain their jobs. When workers complained about conditions, it is documented that the owner allegedly withheld food for days and locked them out of the compound.
“ The young Chinese woman believed she had come to America. But how could this be the American Dream? Li Li, 26, found herself working 18-hour days in a factory cutting textiles. At night she and 700 other workers were locked up in company barracks infested with rats and equipped with just one outside toilet for every 50 people . The residents were allowed out only on Sundays for a maximum of one hour. When she complained about conditions, according to her account, she and another female worker were beaten by factory foremen wielding heavy dressmaking scissors.” (TIME Magazine)
"The managers did not treat us like human beings," she says, adding that she would not have gone to Saipan if she had known what the working conditions were like. But having borrowed the equivalent of $2,800 to pay the "recruitment fee" in China, she cannot return until she has earned at least enough to pay off the loan. "That comes close to the definition of indentured labor," (TIME Magazine)
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