In December 2010, Chinese media reported that a sweatshop in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region had enslaved and abused 12 mentally disabled workers. The case, covered by People’s Daily Online here, exposed a nationwide practice of trading mentally disabled individuals into factories and workshops. In mid December, Zeng Lingquan, the owner of a shelter for the mentally disabled in Sichuan province, was detained for allegedly selling mentally disabled individuals from a shelter he operated. In this cartoon, posted by artist Kuang Biao (邝飚) to his QQ blog, four mentally disabled laborers struggle to break rocks in a ghostly quarry littered with strange stones that resemble skulls.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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