At Friends of Falun Gong, one of the most common questions we hear from Americans about the persecution is “But what could it have to do with us?” It is understandable. What happens in the dark dens of China’s prison system seems like a faraway problem—until bombshells like these videos are released.
It turns out, the very device you are using to read this article could contain parts that have passed straight through the hands of a Chinese slave.
This month, clandestine footage shot by a former Chinese prisoner at Masanjia Labor Camp were released. He was imprisoned for his practice of Falun Gong. In his testimony, he said that he and his fellow prisoners had to made diodes for use in export electronics for at least 16 hours a day. They were barely fed, never paid, and were beaten by guards daily.
The videos are hard to watch—they make us face the reality of that prisoners of conscience live in, and they challenge our own consciences. But they are worth watching because armed with video evidence, we have the chance to act. It’s no secret that the Chinese regime doesn’t care about human rights as long as the money is flowing. As consumers, we can push for greater transparency, and tell companies that it matters to us whether their supply chains pass through China.