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USA: Chinese construction company director found guilty of using forced labour

Author: Emily Feng, National Public Radio, Published on: 2 April 2019

"China's Global Construction Boom Puts Spotlight On Questionable Labor Practices", 30 March 2019

A Brooklyn jury heard testimony earlier this month of virtual slave labor — 14-hour days without pay and threats of physical violence — for Chinese laborers constructing Chinese government buildings in the United States. Federal prosecutors laid out how Dan Zhong, a director at construction group China Rilin and a former Chinese diplomat, coerced workers to help build Chinese state facilities, including China's embassy in Washington D.C., by confiscating their travel documents and forcing them to pay security deposits to ensure they would not leave… Zhong was found guilty earlier this week in New York federal court of using forced labor. His co-defendant, Landong Wang, is currently a fugitive...

... Meanwhile China Rilin is not the only Chinese company linked to a U.S. federal court case this year. State-owned group MCC, the Shenzhen-listed company Gold Mantis and Hong Kong-based Imperial Pacific are being sued by seven Chinese construction workers in Saipan, which is part of a U.S. commonwealth. The workers allege the firms duped them into paying steep recruitment fees in exchange for high-paying work on a Chinese-funded casino on the island. Instead, they and other workers say they were paid below minimum wage and subjected to dangerous working conditions. None of the three companies returned a request for comment... [Also refers to Dandong Port Group]

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