The other thing you have to understand is that the Chinese often use their enormous prison complex as a source of slave labor. They force prisoners to produce everything from clothing, to electronics, to World of Warcraft gold, to... headsets purchased by major airlines like Qantas, British Airways, and Emirates. Allegedly.
The revelation comes from prisoners who used to work in the facility and were eventually released. A New Zealander named Danny Cancian spoke to the Australian Financial Review, which broke the story. The connection is through a company called Airphonics, which subcontracts to the Dongguan City Joystar Electronic Company, which reportedly makes use of the slave labor.
Inmates were reportedly "taken out and tasered" if they didn't meet their production quotas.
Some of the airlines have already issued denials. Our strong suspicion is that they're going to have to do better than that.
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