“I understand and support my husband’s work. I feel his work is legal and meaningful, so why should they arrest him?”
While Ivanka Trump has since committed to “the lives of countless women and girls,” and found “an unprecedented opportunity to advocate for change,” she has remained silent about labor conditions in her Chinese suppliers. Workers are allegedly forced to work overtime, paid as low as $1 an hour, and berated for the simplest mistakes.
The Huajian Group, responsible for the factory in question, denied the allegations. It produces 20,000 pairs of shoes for Ivanka Trump every year.
“As a public figure, she has the ability and resources to not only work on labor conditions at her own brand’s factories, but also to help improve labor conditions of the global supply chain as a whole. However, she did not use her influence to do these things.”
Since Hua’s arrest, Deng knew she had to move to support the family. Nonetheless, she remembers the good in her husband:
“Maybe he’s not such a big, important person. But every time he helps a worker resolve a problem, put yourself in that person’s position. Personally, I think it’s a very meaningful thing to do.”
For selling snacks and drinks from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Deng earns under 2,000 yuan ($316) a month, and shares a bed with a coworker in a dormitory.
While her accommodation is free, her salary isn’t enough to sustain the family’s needs. More importantly, her children are dealing with the loss of their father — her absence from home isn’t making things any better, either.
On one of her free days, Deng asked her children if they wanted to see her before she went off. Bo Bo would come with her to close the gate behind her.
Chen Chen, who was busy coloring, answered with one word:
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