Post Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:41 am

75% of Chinese Construction workers in Africa are Prisoners

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China's exploitation of prison labor to make low-cost products for export to the United States and other countries, is only part of the story. The Chinese export prison workers to African countries as expatriate. The case of a Chinese construction company building a road uses seventy percent to 75 percent of the construction workers who are known to be prisoners. Each year, thousands of Chinese laborers are sent to Africa and other third-world countries to build roads and WORK ON construction projects. Governments should insure that prison labor is specifically banned before they sign any contracts with Chinese companies; not minding that all wear the same identical appearance and gray cotton suits. Exploitation of prison labor is an abuse of human rights and of commercial practice.
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The German paper Der Spiegel REPORTED opposition politician Michael Sata's claim that 80,000 "former prisoners" from China were WORKING in Zambia. Getting more specific, Richard Behar in Fast Company said that he had interviewed an immigration "consultant" in Zambia who said she had "processed paperwork for hundreds of Chinese prisoners."

Stories about China Civil Engineering and Construction Corp (CCECC)'s $8.3 billion Lagos-Kano railway modernization contract have circulated in Nigeria and in the international press. The editor of Foreign Policy, Moises Naim, for example, mistakenly claimed in the New York Times that China was giving $9 billion in aid to finance this project. (There was actually no aid offered, although a preferential export credit of $500 million was discussed in CONNECTION with the railway). However, I've read that CCECC's price for the new railway was "hugely inflated," that the project was hastily delivered to CCECC without proper tendering, and that there was not an inadequate "front end design" and/or feasibility study before awarding the contract.

Prison labor is commonplace in China. Given the high levels of corruption, the need for local governments to raise revenues, and the multiple Chinese actors operating overseas, it's plausible that a contractor could make a deal with local prison officials.

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT (IMMIGRATION) WAKE UP!!!! DO YOU KNOW OR INVESTIGATE THE BACKGROUND OF THE PEOPLE YOU GIVE WORKPERMIT, OR CHINESE WORKING WITHOUT WORK PERMIT, EVEN THE OVERSTAYED CHINESE IN NIGERIA.

STOP TAKING BRIBE FROM THIS CHINESE AND GIVING THEM RESIDENCE/WORK PERMIT; WHILE MAKING HIGHLY SKILLED NIGERIANS UNEMPLOYED!!!