Shocked by electrical batons. Having food, mixed with sludge, forcibly slammed down down your mouth. Forced to work for 12 hours or more every day.
Welcome to life at a labor camp in China. One of the most notorious camps, Masanjia, is exposed in a new report from China-based Lens Magazine, shocking people with its violent accounts.
“I was shocked after reading it,” said Ma Yong, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. “I couldn’t imagine this happening. In the 21st century, something like this could happen.”
Stories of torture at Masanjia first came out 13 years ago in media overseas. In October 2000, overseas rights groups reported that 18 female inmates were stripped naked and forced inside a male prison cell. They were raped and at least five died. The women were Falun Gong practitioners.
The abuse of Falun Gong is one key detail the Lens Magazine article left out—possibly to make sure the article didn’t get censored.
“Now that this is being exposed, it cannot be covered up anymore,” said Jia Yuanliang, a war veterans advocate.
“Walking Out of Masanjia” has so far not been censored on the Chinese Internet. Some observers believe its publication is a precursor to a wider exposure of the abuse that goes on in China’s labor camps.