It's Time To Put The Screws To China's Gulag Economy

It's an open secret that much of the tea in China is produced by forced labor in camps across the country. But in 1984, the Red Star Tea Farm, a prison facility, decided to get more ambitious. The prison struck up a 10-year contract with a Hong Kong trading company, according to official Chinese documents. It now has at least 850 textile looms and is "exporting all of its products." When operating at full capacity, cranking out thousands of sweaters a day, its annual output could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. "That is a mammoth plant by any standards," says a U.S. Customs Service official.

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