HottJoe saidSaw this on Yahoo. Reminds me of a letter-in-a-bottle message. It's so sad that China violates human rights to such an extent.
Labor camps in China *are* horrible. They are however the exception rather than the rule. Many prisoners are political ones though I think there are fewer now than there used to be. What was even worse was the incentive there used to be when prisoners' organs were donated/sold to others.
Should the solution be not to buy made in China? I suppose that would be one solution to pressuring the Chinese government to stop the practice - but is it likely these camps would stop? I wouldn't bet on it.
In the meantime, the increased economic liberty has allowed hundreds of millions of Chinese to come out from absolute poverty. There's been nothing like it in our life times. Economic liberty has also resulted in increasing political liberties. While there is an ebb and flow to this (China has very recently attempted to crack down on the Internet), the cat is already out of the bag. "You can't stop the signal" (most recently, China also broadcasted V is for Vendetta on state television much to the shock of many politicos). Let's also understand that China didn't deliberately seek out to give economic liberty to people here - they were forced to. Without doing so was risking revolution - you can only tell people so long that the western bourgeoisie will drown in their moral excesses while your own people struggle to find food to eat. Despite being a highly closed society, there were always rumors of what existed outside of China.
So yes, not buying made in China might make you feel better and your wallet lighter, but it's also hurting the average Zhou in China. It also doesn't reflect more generally the massive political and economic changes that have happened in China over the last few decades.