Last Friday night Shilin police raided a local illegal brickyard after receiving a tip in the morning from police in neighboring Wenshan county.
According to the tip from Wenshan, a young man named Ma Jiacai had been taken from a nearby village and forced to work at the brickyard in Shilin one month earlier. Wenshan police asked their Shilin counterparts to look for Ma.
A Shilin police spokesperson said the brick factory had been identified 13 hours later. After raiding the illegal "black" brickyard, police found Ma and 23 other people who were being held against their will at the site as forced laborers.
The workers had reportedly been tricked into coming to work at the factory and then kept under close guard and beaten if they refused to work.
Shilin police say they are still investigating the case, which is the second of its kind in China this year. In late May, 34 workers were freed from an illegal brick factory in Hebei province.© Copyright 2005-2021 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.