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Commend Woman for Finding and Freeing Imprisoned Slave

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get: Julie Keith Goal: Commend Oregon citizen Julie Keith for never giving up on finding and freeing the Chinese slave who smuggled a note into a store product.


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Rose Becke (141)
Monday November 11, 2013, 2:58 am
I love Julie, I signed

Animae C (509)
Monday November 11, 2013, 3:15 am
Your signature has been recorded.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Monday November 11, 2013, 3:24 am
Signed & noted, Thank you

Monica T (278)
Monday November 11, 2013, 3:44 am
Noted and signed! Thanks, Rose

Past Member (0)
Monday November 11, 2013, 4:32 am
Happily signed! Thx Rose

Ben O (128)
Monday November 11, 2013, 7:34 am

Syd H (48)
Monday November 11, 2013, 2:06 pm

The story is compelling and should get people to think about what they are giving each other over the holidays... make it count.

Click on the headline to see the letter he wrote:


Reporter in China finds man who says he wrote plea for help discovered in Oregon

Of the hundreds of online comments reacting to the story of a Damascus woman who found a letter pleading for help in a box of Halloween decorations, it was the ones saying she put the letter writer in danger that stuck with Julie Keith.

The letter from the forced labor camp in China that Keith found in a graveyard kit she'd bought at Kmart included the unit and department number where the kit was made, and the letter was widely published on the Internet in the days after The Oregonian first published its story.

So for Keith, news that a New York Times reporter had found a man who said he wrote the letter came with a feeling of relief.

"It made me feel better to know this person is alive and out of the camp," she said. "I feel like I did the right thing."

A story in Wednesday’s New York Times has an interview with the man, a 47-year-old Beijing resident who said he wrote 20 similar letters over two years and put them inside products he believed were to be shipped to the West.

The letter describes conditions at a forced labor camp in China.

“For a long time I would fantasize about some of the letters being discovered overseas, but over time I just gave up hope and forgot about them,” the man told reporter Andrew Jacobs.

The December story about Keith and the letter quickly became one of The Oregonian’s most-viewed online news stories in recent years, amassing more than a half-million page views and garnering more than 700 reader comments.

Keith was interviewed by reporters from across the country and world in the days after the letter made international headlines, but said she hadn't heard from a reporter in months when Andrew Jacobs of The New York Times called in May.

She asked Jacobs if he thought it was legitimate, that this was actually the man who wrote the letter. He replied that he did, Keith said.

While Keith said knowing the man is alive brings some sense of closure, she also hopes the reason she took the letter public -- to warn people that some Chinese products could be from forced labor -- still resonates.

"I hope it stays in people's minds that they should be more careful about the products they buy and where they originate from," she said.


Bridget Robertson (106)
Monday November 11, 2013, 4:18 pm
Noted and signed. I agree. It is very important that we get sourced products.

Sascha H (305)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 9:05 am
noted and signed

Yvonne F (181)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 10:03 am
So signed!!!! Kudos to her!!! Thanks Rose

Jen S (121)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 12:30 pm
Signed and forwarded.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 2:06 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 2:27 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you, Rose.

Apolonia Pl (392)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 2:34 pm
Kudos to Julia!!!

Jane H (139)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 2:07 pm

Judith C (159)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 4:06 pm

Jessica K (103)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 5:18 pm
Julie Keith is a hero, and Mr Zhang is incredibly brave to speak out. Noted, and thanks.

Syd H (48)
Friday November 15, 2013, 7:27 am

Here is another article on the man, who was found by a NYT reporter. It's chilling what is done to the people and sadly it's being done here with for-profit prisons sliding into the same abuse. We absolutely must be more thoughtful about what we purchase.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 9:27 am
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