//Word in London women Christmas card might have come from slave laborers in Chinese language jail

Word in London women Christmas card might have come from slave laborers in Chinese language jail

A observe discovered inside a Christmas card by a 6-year-old London woman might have been a plea for assist from imprisoned overseas laborers in China.

Little Florence Widdicombe was addressing playing cards to mates when she discovered the observe, in response to experiences.

“We’re overseas prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu jail China. Compelled to work in opposition to our will,” stated the observe in a card that includes a kitten with a Santa hat, the BBC reported Monday. “Please assist us and notify human rights group.”

Florence Widdicombe, 6, poses with a Tesco Christmas card from the same pack as a card she found containing a message from a Chinese prisoner. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Florence Widdicombe, 6, poses with a Tesco Christmas card from the identical pack as a card she discovered containing a message from a Chinese language prisoner. (Dominic Lipinski/PA through AP)

The observe additionally contained a request to contact Peter Humphrey, a British journalist who was held in the identical jail 4 years in the past, in response to the BBC.

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Florence bought the cardboard at a Tesco grocery store. Tesco employed the Zheijiang Yunguang Printing manufacturing unit in China to provide the Christmas playing cards.

On Sunday, Tesco stated it had halted manufacturing on the manufacturing unit whereas it launched an investigation.

Florence advised the BBC the observe “made me feel shocked” and “sad” when her mother and father defined its significance.

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“We explained that the person who wrote it was a prisoner in China and that the person felt the prison guards were being mean, making them do work, they felt really sad,” the woman’s father, Ben Widdicombe stated.

Chinese language overseas ministry spokesman Geng Shuang accused Humphrey of perpetuating “a farce,” in response to the BBC.

Manufacturing unit supervisor Shu Yunjia advised the BBC the Qingpu jail was not a subcontractor.

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“Shanghai’s Qingpu jail has no such overseas prisoners present process pressured labor,” he stated, in response to the BBC.

The Related Press contributed to this report.