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China produces 75% of the world’s toys.
What’s behind the “Made in China” label attached to Chinese toys?

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Horaayy..there are 78 comment(s) for me so far ;)

# 1 - Peter - 02/10/2007 - 10:58 am

to either how people here are so easily fooled,
or to how “prisoners” in China can wear whatever they want or take a nap whenever they want to.

# 2 - Trish Loui - 04/10/2007 - 3:23 am

From the photos you can not make our that these girls are all prisoners. They look so innocent.

# 3 - piege - 04/10/2007 - 8:48 pm

no matter weither the people are in prison or not.

Big buisnesses are getting richer every day by exploiting these people.

I beleive that freedom as a peasant is better than 14h shifts barely paid under 1 dollar a day ( if not weeks).

# 4 - zhannxw - 02/11/2007 - 4:13 pm

fake pics!
e.g. the first one, the guy wearing the blue form was not police.
cannot believe so many people here get fooled

# 5 - alwcurlz - 11/11/2007 - 9:48 pm

If you live there, you know what these pictures depict. The depict people who are working in factories where it is cramped, far from home, and there are thousands packed into factories to work. Not forced to work absent of their own will, but forced to work there because of their own economic struggles. Being far from home and away from loved ones is not fun. Not having enough money to live somewhere is not fun so you have to find somewhere to sleep. Food distribution by the company if supplied would require orderly lines to provide orderly distribution. Order is a big priority.

# 6 - RAHUL - 13/12/2007 - 10:47 am

very nice factory .. peoples are doing handworks … GREAT ..
this is surely a big toy company in china …

sorry .. but i don’t think that they are like prisoners… in the growing market u have to do lots of hard work .. this type of situation is everywhere in every industry …

BTW .. i belong to animation industry .. and i know we are also like this only … we love to do hard work for our family ..


# 7 - Samuel C. Lee - 17/12/2007 - 7:42 am

Great photos,
especially the portraits.
Can I ask where this prison is and how you got in there?
Keep up the amazing work!

# 8 - la - 02/02/2008 - 11:18 am

there’s no wway thats a prison, but its still sad, fuck disney!

# 9 - Ama - 03/02/2008 - 8:42 pm

First of all, do your research before questioning these photos. They are merely documented proof of the labor force China offers.

But, there pay regardless of the currency exchange value is poor. They are normally forced to work long hours (the minimum is normally 60 per week.) They must work silently, and if they live in a dorm situation are normally faced with overcrowding and dirty accommodations.

Yes there are many people. but this institution of low-pay foreign labor force causes the destruction of many American based jobs.

Eventually things will change, you can merely take note of it through the looking glass.

# 10 - mo - 11/04/2008 - 3:37 pm

you gotta be kidding me. No uniform in prisons? no bars on the window?

this is just another Chinese factory.

# 11 - Jon - 21/06/2008 - 7:56 pm

So many misinformed comments, all it does is spread lies and hate mongering.

The source is: _ which clearly shows it’s a toy factory.

I’ve written extensively about Chinese factories in the China beat blog and these factories are standard. There have been of course many factories in China that had deplorable working conditions but as economic conditions improve so do their standards. I would say this factory is on the slightly better end of working conditions with the majority of factories in China less “good looking”.

Most of these labourers are migrant workers that have chosen to leave their rural farming villages to work in factories so they may earn more money than they would back in the rice fields.

Contracts are signed to work for a period of time, usually from 6 month to a few years and these migrant workers are not slaves as some have mentioned. They are provided free meals with housing, some crowded some not, depending on the factory.

You might think they work for a few cents a day but most factory workers earn a few dollars a day, which still might seem unbelievable to others but you have to take into account that in other countries living costs are much more different. A few dollars a day is a general improvement from what they made back in their village, hence why they come in droves to work in factories.

There are of course numerous Chinese factories that are deplorable but you should not generalize that as indicative of the entire Chinese manufacturing base. Knowledge can go a long way to understanding!

# 12 - notthemaniusedtobe - 22/07/2008 - 1:04 pm

Look folks… it’s pretty simple… many of you noted that there are no bars on the windows, no prison garb on the “inmates”, and the prison guard looked like a regular security guard.
Am I the only person to notice the fact that there are both men AND women in the line exiting the building? As socially conservative as China is, do you really think they’d have co-ed prisons?

Regardless of all that… the Chinese people at the front line of their work force in these apparently “menial” jobs typically do not WANT to stay in their little rural villages. The young people of China aspire towards lifestyles much more akin to Western countries, as is obvious by anyone who has visited the country. Even with that cultural shift, they still carry a work ethic that would put most of you to shame.

Capitalism is rampart in China, and the divide between the rich and poor is shocking, but they’re just getting on with life, instead of waiting around for government hand-outs, they way people do in Western countries.

So… give it a rest with all the snide comments about a race of people you know nothing about… all you are doing is shouting out from the rooftops about how ignorant you are! Have a nice day!

# 13 - Beerman - 25/08/2008 - 10:24 am

Hey – its Mickey Mouse and Sponge Bob. But are those legally licensed products or illegal copies?

# 14 - santosh.valipe - 25/09/2008 - 1:41 pm

Chinese now have too much money. 40 billion dollar price tag olympics came at the cost of too many poor peoples lives. Poor people are sub-humans in china in every respect I lived there for 5 years i felt it hard. I hate it now and for ever…..

# 15 - Jane Doe - 04/10/2008 - 3:31 pm

This is LIKE being in prison. It’s not actually prison and these people are not criminals. They are just stuck in a difficult position needing to work in deplorable conditions just to make ends meet.

# 16 - Den - 29/10/2008 - 11:20 pm

Ok some of you are right: This is a typical (actually nicer) factory in China. Nope, not a prison, way too nice. The guard is not a prison guard. He’s just a guard. I live in China currently and we have these guards everywhere. These folks are common: non-educated and they were not taught english in school (and probably from a village somewhere). This is what they know. they know they need to work to support their family, so they work. Day in , day out, go home, and spend time with their families. When I first came to China, I was shell-shocked and just couldn’t understand how people could live like this. Now, I realize that back in the US, we are just terribly terribly spoiled. These people are very kind and love their families and children (all children, really, Im tellin’ ya, this is a kid culture). Please don’t judge because its being made in China and not the U.S. These women are just working to make a living: not to cause anyone in the US to loose a job (although these women work for far less than anyone in the states would).

# 17 - Sam - 04/07/2009 - 5:00 am

An OBVIOUSLY fraudulent accusation followed by so many ignorant comments here. Den and some others are right. This is NOT prison. Not even ‘like’ a prison. Who in their right mind would think a prison in China would outfit the prisoners in blue jeans, white jeans, sandals, and sneakers shown in some of the photos? How stupid can people be? Like here, prisoners wear uniforms over there. You’ve been duped. – – – I repair factory machinery and having worked in factories both in the US and China I can tell you that the conditions in the factory depicted are BETTER than some factories in the US. – There are companies here in the US that expect 70-80 hours a week out of you or you get fired. They make it look like something else but that’s the truth of it. Okay, so OSHA would have a fit over that factory [specifically the chair on chair photo], but what company here is going to give it’s workers a free hot cooked lunch just to make sure they have one good meal a day? – – You people need to look at what happens in THIS country before you go criticizing others. AND DON’T BE SO GULLIBLE!

# 18 - elie - 09/11/2009 - 4:09 am

Dear Sir
we are a trading company located in Kuwait,
we are looking for a toys factory?please also if you have any stock we will be intersted too,
we are loking for all type of toys & also for Christmas products,
kindly inform us about your products & also send us your pricelist please
best regards
elie akar

# 19 - andy ax - 12/03/2010 - 8:39 am

stupid yankee, it were pictures of a toy factory in 90s . i had been a worker there.

# 20 - Haj Yusef Ajabshiri - 14/04/2010 - 3:27 pm

Dear sirs,
we are a seller of toys in Iran.
please send us pictures of some toys indicating your lowest price [ex-works]
bst rgrds

# 21 - Peter - 18/04/2010 - 6:37 pm

We’re hurting ourselves more by outsourcing jobs. Look at the unemployment rate. It wouldn’t be so high if we did the jobs ourself.

# 22 - ALLAH - 09/06/2010 - 2:38 pm


# 23 - hanna - 15/06/2010 - 2:42 am

i think it’s real… check out this article for reference.

“forced labor products”
prison with cooperation or establish joint ventures with foreign investors

# 24 - Herbs - 14/07/2010 - 6:23 pm

If toys were made in the US, they would cost so much that nobody could afford to buy them.

# 25 - Bonez - 17/07/2010 - 8:25 pm

What a passel of morons. – This is clearly from a lying wannbe news reporter playing of stupid people and the WOW factor. – If it were a prison they wouldn’t be wearing civilian street clothing. – It shows a line of people showing up to work in the morning. – Two free meals during a work day would be pretty awesome. I’ve never got more than one meal break a day and I had to pay for it. – One poster WORKED THERE and told you this story is BS. – And Herbs, if you think money in your pocket justifies abusing people by avoiding things like OSHA Safety Standards then I suggest you move to China and enjoy the world you willingly helped create out of greed and self interest. [Safety Standards at the work place are one place China still needs to improve.]

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