After the little British discovered the message from the prisoners, a supermarket chain severed the contract with a factory that printed postcards.
Six-year-old Florence Widdicombe from London found a request for help in a Christmas card from a local Tesco supermarket. When the girl signed cards for her friends, she noticed that one of them already says something, reports The Washington Post. “We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu prison in China. Forced to work against our will. Please help us and notify human rights organisation,” the message said. Unknown persons also asked the owner of the card to contact the British journalist Peter Humphrey, who was in the same prison but denied his guilt.
At first, Florence’s parents considered the letter a prank, but, alarmed, still contacted Humphrey on the Internet. He confirmed that forced labor was used in prison. The journalist added that he suspects who wrote the message, but did not disclose the name of the prisoner. Representatives of the Tesco supermarket chain said they were shocked by this information and suspended production at the factory where postcards were printed. The company did not receive other similar messages from customers.
In 2017, American Christel Wallace discovered a piece of paper curled up at the bottom of her purse from a Walmart supermarket with a message scrawled in Chinese. The note stated that the item was produced using forced labor and in inhuman conditions.