While investigating workers' rights violations in China, two inspectors tasked with looking into factories that produce clothes for both Ivanka Trump and Kylie Jenner have disappeared. A third was detained.
AP reports that Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao, and Su Heng had been checking in on factories in and around Ganzhou, China. All three disappeared. It was later confirmed that Hua had been detained due to a "criminal investigation" but Li and Su seem to have completely vanished. Hua's wife has stated that she was not allowed to speak with him, but that she was told he was accused of illegal surveillance.
Executive Director Li Qiang of China Labor Watch, the organization behind the investigation, had previously said that he had discovered numerous workers' rights violations including forced overtime, sub-minimum wage pay, verbal abuse by managers, and women's rights violations at the factories in question. This is particularly suspicious because of the Trump brand's supposed commitment to "inspiring and empowering women to create the lives they want to lead." The company appears to have no actual policies that support that mission statement. That's not to mention the obvious hypocrisy of Donald Trump's "America First" message, which is contradicted by his daughter's line of clothing being produced overseas.
“This Huajian facility came up in our research as one of the [Trump] brands footwear suppliers, but we were unable to find any information on conditions beyond that,” said Jacinta Fitzgerald, the head of research at Project Just.
"This is the first time any our investigators have been detained under a criminal process," said Li. "The accusation from Jiangxi police has no factual basis."
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