There were 468 slaves that have been rescued from coal and iron mines in the Shanxi Province in China this past month. The use of slaves has been thought to be confined to the worst parts of Africa, but even in emerging countries such as China the practice still goes on.
While this practice is abhorrent at least the Chinese government is cracking down on it.
The rescues of the workers, all in Shanxi Province, brings the total number of slave workers reported freed in China to 468 in the last month.
They include Thursday’s widely reported rescue of 31 people who had been freed on May 27 by the police from a brick kiln in Hongtong, a county about 240 km south to Taiyuan, the provincial capital of Shanxi.
Police in Henan Province also rescued 217 people, including 29 children, and arrested 120 people in a four-day crackdown campaign involving more than 35,000 police checking 7,500 kilns. via Xinhua