Men investigating Chinese factory producing Ivanaka Trump shoes 'go missing'


The US First Family is facing questions today over its commercial interests following news that three undercover activists investigating labour conditions at a factory that makes shoes for Ivanka Trump's label have either been arrested or disappeared.

Hua Haifeng and two other labor activists, Li Zhao and Su Heng, had been covertly investigating labor conditions at two Chinese factories that make shoes for Trump and other brands, in the cities of Ganzhou and Dongguan.

"We appeal to President Trump, Ivanka Trump herself, and to her related brand company to advocate and press for the release our activists", China Labor Watch said in the email to Reuters.

"Over the last 17 years, we have conducted hundreds of investigations in factories across China, this is the first time any our investigators have been detained", Li added.

The activists work for China Labor Watch, a New York-based non-profit organisation that exposes poor working conditions. Hua Haifeng was stopped at the border May 25 and later questioned by police, Li said.

"Under president Xi Jinping, the Chinese government has promulgated new laws, as well as increased surveillance, to tighten control over these groups", said Maya Wang, a China researcher at Human Rights Watch. Late a year ago, CLW found a slew of labor violations at four factories that appear to produce toys for Mattel, Hasbro, Disney, McDonald's and Wal-Mart. One of the activists, Su Heng, had been working undercover as an employee at the factory for a month. The Ivanka Trump brand declined to comment for this story Tuesday.

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AP reported that the three men had already documented excessive overtime and a below minimum wage at the Chinese company.

Qiaowai's assurances to investors that their green cards were guaranteed and their funds were safe appeared to violate United States securities laws, Grassley's letter said.

While Trump in January pledged to "buy American", US Customs bills of lading examined by AFP revealed that more than 50 tonnes of Ivanka Trump-branded items were streaming towards American ports from China even as he spoke. Police say Jordan punched his girlfriend as she was driving a van carrying him and her four chi.

Hua's wife Deng said she believed her husband's job was "helpful and meaningful to society".

Jessica Skeens, 28, of Farmland was driving a van on the Muncie Bypass when passenger Nathaniel Leon Jordan, 27, punched her and grabbed the steering wheel, according to state police. In this photo from March 2016 and released by Deng Guilian, Li Zhao is seen at a scenic spot in Nanzhang county, Xianyang city, in central China's Hubei province. "I said Papa would come home soon and buy you toys".

In a statement, Huajian denied the allegations of excessively long hours and low pay, but said it would look into another accusation by China Labor Watch that the company was illegally hiring students as interns.