A man that was investigating the working conditions of Ivanka Trump’s Chinese company, which produces her shoes, was arrested and charged with illegal surveillance.
According to his wife, Hua Haifeng, a man investigating the working conditions at a Chinese company producing Ivanka Trump- brand shoes- and two others were arrested in Shanghai. He was reportedly arrested on the basis of illegal surveillance. Deng Guuilian, his wife, said the police called her on Tuesday afternoon and said that she “didn’t need to know the details, only that she would not be able to see, speak or receive money from her husband,” who happens to be the breadwinner of the family.
When Li Qiang, the executive director at China Labor Watch couldn’t reach Haifeng and the two other men, he eventually concluded: “They must be held either by the factory or the police to be unreachable.”
The China Labor Watch
The China Labor Watch is a New York-based non-profit organization. Next month, it was expecting to publish a report accusing the company of excessive overtime, low pay as well as possible student intern misuse. It remains unknown whether or not Hiafeng and the two men were using illegal investigative methods.
The Watch has been investigating working conditions at the factories of the world’s most well-known companies for over 17 years. According to Li, he has never received this amount of scrutiny from Chinese security before. “Our plan was to investigate the factory to improve the labor situation,” Li said. “But now it has become more political.”
Comments on the Arrest
When asked about the three missing investigators, Ivanka Trump’s spokesman for the Chinese company, Long Shan, said: “I told you I could not check until tomorrow. If your official letter contains a stamp and a signature, we can confirm whether the media is real or not.”