Jun 27, 2013

    Qantas probes Chinese prison labour claims

    AUSTRALIAN flag carrier Qantas launched an investigation yesterday into claims it purchased headphones made in a Chinese jail, where inmates who miss production targets are reportedly beaten and held in solitary confinement.

    The Australian Financial Review said other big companies, including British Airways and Emirates, allegedly used products made at Dongguan prison in the southern province of Guangdong.

    Two recently-released inmates, including New Zealander Danny Cancian, told the newspaper they made disposable economy-class earphones for the three airlines.

    Mr Cancian, who served a four-year jail sentence for manslaughter, said failure to meet production targets meant prisoners were "taken outside and tased".

    "It's a very cruel environment. You wake up every morning wondering if you are going to survive the day," he said.