Another 26 people went on
trial Wednesday in north China's Shanxi Province in connection with a string of
slave-labor scandals in brick kilns first exposed in early June.
The 26 defendants were tried in seven separate cases at four different courts
in Yongji City, Ruicheng County, Linyi County and Xinjiang County - all
administered by Shanxi's Yuncheng City.
They were all charged with forcing laborers to work for them in unspeakable
In one case at Yongji court, Yang Xiaohong and three other defendants were
accused of intentionally injuring other people.
The results of the trials will be announced later.
Also yesterday, the Intermediate People's Court of Linfen City of Shanxi
Province opened a second court session for five high-profile defendants
including kiln boss Wang Bingbing, foreman Heng Tinghan and employees Zhao
Yanbing, Heng Mingyang and Liu Dongsheng.
The men first went on trial on July 4.
The People's Procuratorate of Linfen City said Heng Tinghan, Zhao Yanbing and
Liu Dongsheng had been charged with illegal detention and murder, while Heng
Mingyang, son of Heng Tinghan, and Wang Bingbing face illegal detention charges.
The judges did not reach a verdict yesterday.
The use of forced laborers hit the headlines after more than 400 parents in
central China's Henan Province posted a call-for-help letter on the internet
last month, saying their missing children had been sold to small brick kilns in
Shanxi and Henan as forced laborers.
By June 22, 359 people, including 12 children, had been rescued from illegal
kilns in Shanxi and police had arrested 38 people.
Police in Henan rescued 217 people, including 29 children, and arrested 120.
On Tuesday, three managers of two illegal kilns went on trial in Xiangning
and Xiangfen counties.