Recent videos denouncing the rapes suffered by a woman tied with chains around her neck and enslaved for almost 20 years in a rural house in Feng County, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, have shocked many people worldwide.
However, this is not an isolated case, but rather the situation suffered by millions of women who are victims of an endless sequence of inhumane abuses and outrages. These and similar events systematically occur in countries dominated by the world’s communist regimes, such as China, Cuba, and North Korea but mainly go unnoticed.
The case of the woman from Feng County has become a symbol of slavery and consequently an urgent call for help to end this scourge. Her case raises questions such as, “Why did she give birth to eight children when the prevailing official policy only allowed one child per household.” Even more disturbing, “why did the Communist Party of China (CPC) immediately trigger censorship around the case?”
The victim had been diagnosed with schizophrenia because she reportedly manifested “violent outbursts,” and her children were placed “in the care of the state.” According to the official version: Dong, her husband, apparently by forced marriage, is suspected of violating the law. Therefore, the public security authorities have launched an investigation.
The crudeness with which Dong, his father, and brother treated the woman since they bought her in 1997 knew no bounds. They even cut out her tongue to prevent her from screaming and pulled out her teeth to stop her from biting them while she was repeatedly raped. The entire village was complicit in this horror story, whose inhabitants returned her to her kidnapper once she escaped.
In compensation, Dong offered her to anyone who wanted to abuse her. About her past, it was learned that her name was Li Ying, daughter of a member of the Chinese army, kidnapped when she was not yet 13 years old.
The investigation led to the arrest of six people and the dismissal of 8 officials involved. Still, two women who came to the victim’s aid were detained. Millions of Chinese social media posts were censored. Hundreds of thousands of Weibo and Douyin social media accounts were blocked, as were TikTok videos. Once the two women were released, they were banned from giving media interviews.
Previously, the authorities had locked the village behind walls to prevent intrusion by spontaneous investigators and even changed the identity of the victim, which would be a sign that the active cover-up of these crimes constitutes a State policy.
A cover-up of these crimes must be a state policy
“The government and police help issue fake residence cards for these women. They also falsify marriage and birth certificates. Then, when kidnapped women went to the court to seek “divorce,” the judges instead demanded that they go back to live with their false husbands—the rapists,” reported Minghui.org, which specializes in reporting on events in China.
The Chinese regime ranks as the biggest violator of human rights. The treatment inflicted on defined ethnic and religious groups, such as the Uighurs and the practitioners Falun Dafa, a discipline based on Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance, among many others, is no less inhumane.
Among the abuses to which CCP victims are subjected, Minghui.org specifies: “rape, gang rape, vaginal penetration with electric batons, vaginal rubbing with toothbrushes, vaginal gouging, vaginal hooking, nipple electrocution, breast gouging, breast pinching.”
It adds: “cigarette burns on female practitioners’ pubic areas, kicking the anus and lower part of the body, forced abortion, sexual assault of underage girls, and so on.”
It also states that millions of people who should be protected by the CCP usually disappear. For example, data revealed that 1 million people went unseen in 2020, while 3.94 million inhabitants went missing in 2016.
Moreover, the world could infer the complicity of international organizations, such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), with the violent practices such as kidnapping and other human rights violations favored by the Chinese regime.
In this sense, the WEF has named journalist Wang Guan, who has links to the CCP, as one of the Young World Leaders for the class of 2021. Wang Guan has tried to ‘whitewash’ the abuses against the Uyghurs, presenting versions that seek to disprove the facts proven by various human rights groups in his articles.
Journalist Olsi Jazexhi parodies Wang’s statements in his tweets, writing, “No Chinese has gone to concentration camps. No Han was forced to renounce faith, language and remove hijab, only Muslims, Islam. Wang Guan, his wife, and kids were never separated like Uighurs. China cannot hide its hate for Muslims and Islam. It has destroyed Islam in Xinjiang.”
The persecution against the human groups that are declared targets by the CCP goes to such an extreme that countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, among others, classified the outrages against the Uighur nation as genocide.
U.S. authorities have urged an end to the harassment of Falun Dafa practitioners, and independent international organizations estimate that the number of Chinese citizens interned in concentration camps could exceed two million people.
Undoubtedly, forced organ harvesting, for which the CCP is held responsible, is the most criminal and violent of human rights violations. It involves taking countless innocent victims’ lives and selling their organs. Moreover, it is one of the most profitable sources of income for the Chinese regime.
Exploitation of doctors by the Communist Party of Cuba
On the other hand, in addition to the fact that the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) has maintained an iron grip on its population for more than 60 years, denying them the right to elect their representatives freely. Moreover, thousands of doctors who graduate in its territory are exploited by selling their services to governments of other countries.
The PCC usually touts this exploitation of skilled labor as a gesture of solidarity. For this purpose, it manipulates some 30,000 doctors distributed in 67 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Europe with whom it has been concluding these juicy contracts for decades.
These health workers receive only 10% to 25% of the money received by the Cuban regime in compensation, even though the leaders of the PCC receive billions of dollars in cash.
The doctors themselves denounce the repressive conditions to which they are subjected. Some of the doctors say conditions can be nightmarish. They are “controlled by minders, subject to a curfew and posted to extremely dangerous places, in an attempt to prevent them from defecting while abroad,” describes author and independent journalist James Badcock.
According to the statements of more than 100 Cuban doctors who participated in these campaigns abroad, they summarized that, “eighty-nine percent said they had no prior knowledge of where they would be posted within a particular country. Forty-one percent said their passports were removed by a Cuban official on arrival in the host country.”
Also, “Ninty-one percent said Cuban security officials watched them while on assignment, and the same percentage said they were asked to pass information about their colleagues to security officials. Fifty-seven percent said they did not volunteer to join a mission but felt obliged to do so, while thirty-nine percent said they felt strongly pressured to serve abroad,” the report added, according to the BBC.
Another abuse consisted of violating the ethical principles of the physicians because they had to meet certain goals of patients treated. That was so countries hosts would increase the payment to the PCC for alleged improvements in the health systems, which only existed in the falsified data they had to invent.
“More than half of 46 doctors with experience of overseas missions interviewed reported having to falsify statistics—inventing patients, patient visits and pathologies that did not exist,” Prisoners Defenders said, quoted the BBC.
By exaggerating the effectiveness of the missions, Cuban authorities can, according to the report, demand higher levels of payment from the host country or justify extending the operation.
Also, Cuban physician Carlos Moises Avila, 48, told of his time in Venezuela where he was sent by the Cuban regime, “We each had to report a life saved every day, so sometimes I had to grab someone who was healthy and stick them on a drip,” says Carlos.
He adds, “Medicines arrived from Cuba out of date, so we had to destroy and bury them before including them in the inventory as used so they could be charged for. We would get our pay from soldiers, who were sometimes months late in coming, and who would also steal medicines from the hospital.”
The organization Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UnPaCu), which supports the Cubans, maintains that the doctors who dare to defect are pressured with threats that “something” may happen to their relatives. They can be sentenced to up to eight years in prison. The money sent by the doctors from abroad is intended to support their families. Family remittances sent to Cuba represent a net income higher than tourism.
In response to the data provided by UnPaCu, the leader of the PCC and Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, wrote, “Once again the lies of the empire try to discredit Cuba’s health cooperation programs with other countries, branding them as practices of ‘modern slavery’ and ‘human trafficking.'” They resent Cuba’s solidarity and example.”
On the other hand, although less known, prostitution is another income with which some families in Cuba improve their income. In Cuba, an official salary can be $20, and that, in contrast, a bottle of milk costs $2.
Although prostitution is prohibited, the regime has authorized 500 households to sell food to tourists, and presumably, some of them are used as undercover brothels.
For example, Spanish video blogger Carter Vlogs visited the Fantaxy bar in Havana (Cuba’s capital), which belongs to Sandro Castro, grandson of Fidel Castro. The video blogger was offered women “as if they were worthless—I have them in all colors, cinnamon, white, black.” The establishment has reserved tables where the entrance alone costs more than $100.
More explicit about the phenomenon of prostitution was a young pimp and prostitute named Danay, 22 years old, who had already been in that activity for five years. He said that on any given day, “in the Central Park alone there may be more than a hundred people, of both sexes, practicing prostitution on a regular basis,” the Cubanet.org media outlet quoted.
And he adds: “It is possible that there are more… now with the high season [of tourism] a lot of kids come here, everyone who is in his province comes to Havana [Cuba’s capital] to make money, and then they leave again.”
Danay explained that he came from his province to become a policeman but switched to this “profession” and expanded his story by referring to the importance of this income for the economy.
He added, “… and I was the policeman—the one who had to put them [the prostitutes] in jail, but why if I realized that everyone around here depended on it. You put an end to prostitution, and you put an end to everything.” He also said that with the money earned from this activity, he had repaired the family house in Las Tunas [a city and province of Cuba] and had bought a room in the capital, where he lives with his wife.
Slavery of North Korean workers
For its part, the communist regime of North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), exploits its citizens on a large scale, sending them to other countries and renting their services in all kinds of manual labor. For them, it charges even lower rates than Cuban doctors, given that for 12 to 16-hour days, they only receive the equivalent of about $120 a month, while they forfeit up to 90% of their salary to administrators.
“The North Korean government has sent approximately 50,000 to 70,000 workers abroad to earn foreign currency to support the regime in response to the economic sanctions imposed against North Korea by the United Nations and other countries,” reports the German-based International Society for Human Rights (ISHR). However, some estimate that enslaved people may number more than one million inside the country.
“The workers endure physical abuse and slave-like conditions in over 40 countries including Russia, China, and Poland,” it adds. Even in countries where legislation protects other workers, their working conditions are abysmal. “They cannot speak out against their government, nor can they denounce the abuses inflicted on them.”
One of the biggest profiteers of the cheap labor sold by the North Korean regime is precisely the CCP, as highlighted by the U.S. State Department’s deputy special representative for North Korea, Alex Wong. Wong said that China is one of the biggest violators of the ban imposed on this nation for its dangerous long-range missile tests.
Wong attended a webinar given by a group of experts in 2020. He said, “China continues to host at least 20,000 DPRK laborers, who earn revenue that goes straight back to North Korea’s weapons development efforts.”
He added, “In fact, earlier this year, Chinese authorities were making it easier for DPRK nationals to work in China, in complete violation of its UN obligations.”
The abusive exploitation of citizens’ labor by the Korean regime is so extensive that, “In North Korea, one in 10 people are in modern slavery with the vast majority being forced to work by the state,” according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index produced by the Walk Free Foundation.
Likewise, in Vietnam, people’s vulnerability is not much different, according to the organization Antislavery. “The trafficking of vulnerable young people from Vietnam to the UK is on the rise, with the majority trafficked into cannabis production, nail bars, and forced prostitution.”
The Antislavery spokeswoman adds, “Many of those who are trafficked are very young, sometimes children, and are extremely vulnerable to exploitation at the hands of their traffickers who offer false promises of attractive sounding jobs in Britain.”
She also cites the testimony of Hai, a 15-year-old girl, who said: “I was locked alone up in the house, forced to water cannabis plants. My captor only returned every few days with bits of food and water. When I complained, he hit me and threatened that if I left the house, the police would arrest me and beat me.”
As for Laos, the fifth country considered communist: “An estimated 62,000 people are living in modern slavery in Lao PDR,” the Open Development Project estimates. Adding: “Lao men and boys are often victims of forced labor on agricultural and rubber plantations,” adding that some women and girls are sold in China.
Although people living in countries under the yoke of communist regimes are the most affected, Antislavery argues: “Overall, our findings confirm that modern slavery remains a critical issue for all countries.
“Just as responding to environmental concerns cannot be the task of one country alone, responding to modern slavery is a challenge that requires commitment and effort from all countries.”