China detains undercover activist probing Ivanka shoe supplier
China detains undercover activist probing Ivanka shoe supplier
Ivanka Trump attends a meeting at the Sant Egidio Christian community in Rome Italy
01 June, 2017, 01:38
Li said the activists were probing two factories owned by major footwear producer Huajian Group - one in the city of Dongguang in southern Guangdong province, the other in Jiangxi's Ganzhou.
Hua Haifeng was working undercover for the US-based China Labor Watch (CLW), which said he had witnessed examples of forced overtime and wage violations, BBC reported today. Li adds that, although he can't prove it, he believes that the police are trying to protect this factory because it makes shoes for a family member of the US president.
An activist investigating working conditions at a supplier for Ivanka Trump's fashion brand in China has been detained, his NGO said Wednesday, putting a fresh spotlight on Chinese business activities linked to the U.S. presidential family.
As if political news couldn't get any more shocking, Ivanka Trump now finds herself in the middle of a potential scandal in China. She and her father both have extensive trademark portfolios in China, though neither has managed to build up a large retail or real estate presence here.
"It is the role of the police to prevent that kind of independent investigation", said Nicholas Bequelin, East Asia director for Amnesty International. Ivanka Trump is the daughter of the president and an adviser to him, and she has a direct financial interest in having her businesses maintain an upstanding reputation. The Ivanka Trump brand declined to comment for this story Tuesday. Li also said that the accusations against the detained investigator - that he was suspected of illegally using eavesdropping equipment - had "no factual basis", according to the Associated Press. Deng said the caller told her she didn't need to know the details, only that she would not be able to see, speak with or receive money from her husband, the family's breadwinner. The other two activists, Li Zhao and Su Heng, are missing, he said.
Su, who was working at the factory in Jiangxi, found evidence of violations of workers' rights during the production of Ivanka Trump shoes, CNN quoted Li as saying. They couldn't be reached for comment by phone.
A labor watchdog had plans to publish a blistering report next month on the labor practices of a Chinese company that produces Ivanka Trump-branded shoes. A current spokeswoman for the company, Long Shan, did not reply to questions Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
Aside from Ivanka Trump, the factory also manufactures products for Coach, Nine West, Karl Lagerfeld, and Kendall + Kylie, Li said. A White House spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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"They must be held either by the factory or the police to be unreachable", Li claimed.
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