Stories Behind A Gift
A lady recently purchased a Christmas card from a local supermarket in London as a gift for her daughter’s friends. After receiving the card from her mom, the little girl discovered that something had already been written on the card. When she informed her parents, they were also surprised. The text, inside the card, read: “We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu Prison, China. Forced to work against our will. Please help us and notify Human Rights Organisation, use the link to contact Mr Peter Humphrey…”
The incident has triggered a sensation in the UK and other parts of the world. Tesco, the British Supermarket Company, immediately snapped ties with its Chinese supplier. A senior Tesco official has confirmed that they started investigating the case. However, China has denied the allegation that it forces foreign prisoners to work against their will. The Chinese supplier, too, claimed that the concerned authorities in the Asian nation treat the foreign prisoners well. Meanwhile, Spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang has slammed the British Media for publishing such a false report! Zhejiang Yangguang Printing, which published the card, stated that it received no such information! The Card Printing Company also mentioned that it would verify whether the card had actually been printed in its press…
Interestingly, Peter Humphrey – whose name was mentioned in the Christmas card – has admitted that the issue is a serious one! The former British journalist, currently working as a private investigator, informed the media that he had spent 23 months at the same Qingpu prison when he had arrived there to investigate a corporate fraud. In fact, six-year-old Florence’s father, Ben Widdicombe, contacted Humphrey who took the story to a frontline British daily. According to Humphrey, he probably knows the prisoner who wrote on the card! He met the person during his stay at Qingpu prison, where the British national came to know that the prisoners were making cards and gift tags for Tesco against their will. However, he did not disclose the identity of that prisoner for safety purposes.
Similar allegations had been made against China in the past. In 2014, Karen Wisínska from Northern Ireland claimed that she had found a note in a pair of Primark trousers she bought in Belfast. In the note, the author described the conditions of slave labour in a Chinese prison, making clothes for export. The author, who claimed to be a prisoner of the Xiang Nan prison in Hubei Province, wrote: “Our job inside the prison is to produce fashion clothes for export. We work 15 hours per day and the food we eat wouldn’t even be given to dogs or pigs.”
Six-year-old Florence Widdicombe with the card
No wonder, the Asian Giant is said to have annihilated Humanity many years ago!
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