China’s Olympic Soccer Balls Made By Slave Labour – But Barbados Doesn’t Care

The absurdity, the irony, is sometimes too much for me to consider. We are an island and a people with a history firmly rooted in the inhumanity and horror of slavery – yet we ignore the world’s largest system of slave labour camps and get down on our hands and knees in gratitude when the Chinese Communists throw some inflatable boats at our Coast Guard.

Everywhere we walk on this small rock we see traces of our past. We see plantation houses and touch carved walls that were made by hands of slaves. We go to the Barbados Museum and look at the chains and branding irons and think of the horrors that happened right here where our children sleep.

We worship in the same churches as others who were born into slavery. We visit the harbour and think of the slave auctions and tour the Amistad and talk the talk about how it must have been…

But for filthy money we are willing to ignore the largest slave-labour organisation on the planet: the Laogai slave labour camps of Communist China.

Show Barbados Boycott The Olympic Opening Ceremony?

Meet Pastor Cai Zhuohua, who spent the last three years in a slave labour camp making official footballs for the 2008 Olympics. His crime? Unauthorized possession of bibles.

It is outrageous that of this country named Barbados continues to fawn over the Chinese Communists.

Further Reading

China Aid: Chinese Christian Leader Released After Three-Year Imprisonment

Summer Olympian: Official Olympic Soccer Ball “The Great Wall Star” Unveiled

Hey… Let’s all buy some of these Adidas Soccer Balls!

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20 responses to “China’s Olympic Soccer Balls Made By Slave Labour – But Barbados Doesn’t Care

  1. peltdownman

    This precisely why the idea of free trade is a joke! Footballs aren’t the only things made by captive labour in China, yet the west continues to help them develop their totalitarian system in the blind hope that a prosperous China will become a market for goods made in the west. What goods, may I ask, are made in the west that will not eventually also be made in China? The Chinese don’t need to invade anyone, they already own us.

  2. Go check CNN, Chinese flame extinguished in Paris – too many Anti-Sino protests

  3. Jason

    Frankly, I’d rather prostitute ourselves to the Brits than the Chinese.

  4. The Truth

    Every one is for sale, what is your price ??

  5. Natural Mystic

    I do not prostitute, nor recommend it to anyone else. People who say that are overdone in my mind, soul-less and of no worth.

    What price for a thing of no worth?

  6. Natural Mystic

    It has been said that soccer balls are made by child labour in some countries, but we have not yet established whether this is the case for the ‘Olympic’ type Ball.

    It has also been said that many foreign companies are driving the sweat labour in these countries. How to identify what it is and what not to patronise. BFP?

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    BFP say,

    The pastor who was released from three years in prison for possessing bibles say he make olympic soccer balls in prison. You can choose to believe him or or. We do.

  7. Technician

    Natural Mystic
    April 7, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    It has been said that soccer balls are made by child labour in some countries, but we have not yet established whether this is the case for the ‘Olympic’ type Ball.

    It has also been said that many foreign companies are driving the sweat labour in these countries. How to identify what it is and what not to patronise. BFP?
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    You could start by not buying Adidas, Nike, Puma, Reebok, Fila etc.
    Then stop buying Sony, Panasonic etc.

  8. Pat

    As far as I can recall, some Canadian prisoners make furniture for which they were paid $2 per day. The stuff was not sold on the open market, to my knowledge, but to other government departments. Lets face it. They are in jail to be punished, they have to be fed three squares, if they dont work they get fat. If they are productive in prison, they will be productive on the outside. That is my opinion.

    I also remember as a little girl going to school seeing gangs of prisoners from Glendairy working weeding the side of the road, mowing the grass on Weymouth, etc. Work is work, and its good to instill a work ethic.

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    BFP says,

    Sure, the Christian pastor violate the law of the land as he had unauthorized bibles and you agree wit his punishment. M’be you agree with the punishment of those who tried to escape East Germany, neh? Punishment was death shot.

    Sure, you be a good excuse for a Nazi too.

    Cha!

  9. eureka

    One of the important things to consider is if the labour is either forced or optional. I am not condoning slave labour by itself but rather persons forced against their will to perform arduous tasks for starvation wages.

    I think that many persons will agree with me when I say that many of us have performed some form of ‘slave labour’ during our lifetime at one point or another; even if it was some domestic task forced on us by a senior family member.

    The reality of the matter is that ‘globalization’ is akin to slave labour because at the end of the day, it drives down real wages while at the same time impressing on its workers greater productivity.

    What is the definition of slave labour? According to the Oxford Dictionary: forced labour. I rest my case.

  10. eureka

    correction

    I am not condemning slave labour by itself

  11. Natural Mystic

    Sorry BFP, I just read it. Better to read carefully before typing.

    Is this the result of the Maoist doctrine- where there is no religion at all? Was that what John Lennon was talking about in ‘Imagine’? If that is the case it isn’t working out.

    Very different culture. Wonder how the new prosperity will be reconciled with the masses, if at all?

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    BFP say

    Hi there,

    New prosperity? When you see the photos in our next China article you will wonder as we did about the “new prosperity” of China.

  12. So Long

    Let every body boycot because of the participation of those that developd Guantanamo Bay detention/torture camps. Hypocrites…

  13. jodiperry

    The USA, Caribbean and most of Europe was built on slave labour, genocide, colonisation and exploitation (of Africa in particular). Our ancestors should be heartened to see us getting all ‘militant’ now that its the Chinese turn to exploit and oppress to enlarge their economy, knowing we will be asking Britain to account for their stewardship in these islands next.

    I for one wont hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

    As for the bibles, if it is illegal and he is caught with it and jailed, it’s no different from the rastas in Barbados being jailed for possesion of their holy sacrament, (cannabis) whether it is socially acceptable or not. Unlike the Bible however, we have not yet been ‘ordered’ to rend it socially acceptable. Wont hold my breath for that either.

    Another point on the bible, the Chinese have seen the devastating effects it’s introduction has had on Africa/Africans by charlatans/opportunists posing as men of God. I can’t blame them for protecting their countrymen from the same fate.

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    BFP says,

    How much hate does Jodiperry have? Answer: enough for everyone.

  14. Pat

    BFP says,
    BFP:

    “Sure, the Christian pastor violate the law of the land as he had unauthorized bibles and you agree wit his punishment. M’be you agree with the punishment of those who tried to escape East Germany, neh? Punishment was death shot.

    Sure, you be a good excuse for a Nazi too.

    Cha!”

    I am not too smart, what does the above have to do with my post? Why are you discussing bibles and Nazis?

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    BFP says,

    Perhaps because you take the side of the Chinese Communists who punished the pastor for violating their unjust law about bibles.

    I suppose you would have sided with the Botha government’s actions too. After all, apartheid was the law of the land.

  15. JusticeLeague

    Will all of you shut up, 90% of the products in your home were most likely made in china, we all support it.

  16. Straight talk

    Justice League:

    Thank you for injecting some globalisation realism in to this thread.

    Thwe only winners from this corrupt globalisation policy are the slave drivers themselves and the Western corporations encouraging them.

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    BFP says

    Which is why “globalism” is repeated as a mantra as if it is some sort of manifest destiny that cannot be denied. With no labour or pollution standards of course China can produce products way cheaper than we can. Lest we forget, Barbados used to have a thriving computer hitech industry. Those jobs are in China now.

    Decent labour, environment and pollution standards can be imposed upon China through the simple act of legislating tariffs… but that would have to be a joint venture between the USA and the EU for it to be effective. Chances of that happening are slim and nil, so until that time each individual must do what they can.

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