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Thursday, October 2

Chinese sweatshop produces eyelashes (mini-documentary + article)

Workers were recruited with promises of $120/mth, and they applied to the factory through the local Chinese government. But when the workers arrived, they were presented with a contract for only $11/mth. The factory owners refused to let the workers leave unless they paid a $58 quitting fee - an amount of money that none of the workers had.

This article highlights the plight of two of those workers. Two girls that escaped the factory by tying bedsheets from a seventh story window - the only window without bars. The girls' parents and other workers give supporting details, but the factory foreman claims the girls are lying.