According to reports, Tang spent two miserable years under the heavy boot of oppression for reporting on substandard working conditions at factories where Alexa-enabled spy devices are manufactured.
Tang spent several years investigating the horrific working conditions at Foxconn factories, which produce Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices as well as Kindle devices and various Apple products like the iPhone. He learned that school-aged children are forced to work extreme hours, often without pay.
"Tang alleged that school-aged children were put to work in the Foxconn factory, and that many were forced to work beyond the allotted 36 hours of overtime in a month, with some exceeding over 100 hours – essentially functioning as unpaid workers beyond their allotted hours," reported The Post Millennial.
Tang was later punished for revealing all of this and more. He recently told The Guardian that during his imprisonment, he was beaten and tortured by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials, who appear to be working in lockstep with Jeff Bezos and other tech gurus to exploit children.
"My father always taught me that I should be a good person and, because I followed my heart and believed that justice should be served, I reported the serious violations at Hengyang Foxconn," Tang is quoted as saying. "Yet my imprisonment has caused such great harm to me and my family."
Amazon was eventually investigated and Foxconn was fined by the Chinese government for labor violations. However, Tang says the company should have done more to protect him from being punished and abused by local authorities in retaliation.
Tang says he was handcuffed in stress positions, slapped by guards, beaten and forced to sign a confession stating that he lied about the allegations he made against the Foxconn factory.
"I refused to sign seven times, and they got angry and handcuffed me to the bottom of the iron frame, unable to stand, squat, sit; only bending, half squatting all night. In the early morning, I could not stand anymore," Tang told The Guardian.
"I think Amazon should give me an explanation, tell me if I really deserve to be sent to jail? If not, Amazon should give me an apology, along with its partner, Foxconn, to assist me to appeal for a redress, and provide compensation."
At one point, China Labor Watch director Li Qiang wrote to Amazon owner Jeff Bezos urging him to intervene on behalf of Tang. That letter stated that it is "unacceptable and unfair that Tang Mingfang is serving jail time for trying to help Amazon improve the labour conditions in its supplier factory."
Bezos never responded to the letter and Amazon never offered any support whatsoever for Tang. Bezos was apparently too busy building rocket ships and hoarding his billions of dollars in ill-gotten profits.
According to China Labor Watch, Foxconn's revenge against Tang violated the third section "Grievance Mechanism and Whistleblower Protections" of the Amazon Supply Chain Standards, page 5, "Ethical Behavior," which reads:
"Amazon expects suppliers to protect worker whistleblower confidentiality and prohibit retaliation against workers who report workplace grievances. Suppliers are required to create a mechanism for workers to submit their grievances in a confidential and anonymous manner and maintain an effective process to investigate and address worker concerns. Workers employed by subcontractors must have a mechanism in place to bring their concerns to management teams above the subcontractor."
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