Washington DC, September 10, 2009- In a new report issued by the Department of Labor in accordance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Acts of 2005 and 2008, the Bureau of International Labor Affairs heavily relied on research provided in the Laogai Research Foundation’s 2006 edition of its Prison Handbook. For every product listed as being produced as forced labor in China, and, in total, there are 11 products which are listed as being produced by forced labor in China. Utilizing cutting edge research methods, the Laogai Research Foundation will be issuing an updated version of its Laogai Handbook in on-line database format sometime next year.
The Laogai Research Foundation is a not‐for‐profit organization founded by former political prisoner Harry Wu in 1992. Its mission is to gather information on and raise public awareness of the Laogai—China’s extensive system of forced
labor prison camps.