Activist probing Ivanka Trump's brands in China arrested - rights group

In his opinion, they are being kept by the police or the factory, so that "there is no access to them".

ABC News reports that New York City-based nonprofit China Labor Watch was planning on publishing a report "alleging low pay, excessive overtime and the possible misuse of student interns".

China Labor Watch has carried out frequent investigations into labor violations in Chinese factories making anything from Disney toys to Apple iPhones.

The Chinese government has stepped up its clamping down on independent labor groups in recent years. But China Labor Watch said its investigation in working practices at Huajian factories has apparently been closed down by local police. While he has no hard proof of this, he says that he has investigated hundreds of factories in China and that while his staff have often been caught and kicked out, they have never been arrested until now. "We don't know where you got your information about this", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

President Trump has recently secured more than 75 trademarks in China.

The Ivanka Trump company declined to comment on the arrest.

CLW called on US President Trump to press for the release of Mr Hua.

Li said the two others - Li Zhao and Su Heng - are missing and "feared detained". "If consumers are reading credible reports that investigators simply trying to find out what kinds of conditions exist in those factories are being persecuted by the Chinese authorities, that has to hurt the brand".

AP was unable to reach the other investigators' families.

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The investigators had discovered evidence that workers' rights had been violated, Li said. The parent company is known as Huajian Group.

And while President Trump made a pledge in his January inauguration speech to "buy American and hire American", US Customs bills of lading examined by AFP revealed that more than 50 tonnes of Ivanka Trump-branded shoes, bags and clothes were steaming towards American ports from China even as he spoke.

Hua's wife, Deng, meanwhile, has yet to tell the couple's children, ages 3 and 7, about their father's plight. "If your official letter contains a stamp and signature, we can confirm whether the media is real or not".

"I think they were detained because this factory makes products for Ivanka Trump, so now this situation has become political and very complicated", Li told the U.K. Guardian.

A Marc Fisher spokesman said the company is "unaware of the allegations and will look into them immediately".

Hua and Li Zhao had been warned by authorities weeks ago that they were suspected of having broken the law, and were barred from crossing the border into Hong Kong in April and May, Li Qiang said. But in general, she said, "we also hope that NGOs can also observe China's laws and not engage in any illegal activities". I am now feeling helpless and in pain. Rights groups and journalists have documented widespread abuse of the system over the years.

She said she was notified of his arrest, but not where he was being held, on Tuesday in a phone call from a Jiangxi public security bureau. Later he was contacted by Shenzhen National Security Brigade asking for a meeting. "That's why they have elaborate social responsibility programs created to insulate them from reputational damage related to the working conditions in the factories they use", Nova says.

"My son suddenly burst into tears".

Hua Haifeng disappeared sometime Sunday while en route to the Huajian International shoe factory in southern China. He said the group would soon release a report.

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