Activist probing Ivanka Trump shoes arrested

The advocacy group had reportedly been planning to issue a report next month that claims the factory takes part in low pay, excessive overtime, and worker mistreatment, according to The Washington Post. She said that police called her Tuesday to inform her that her husband had been arrested.

China Labour Watch's Li said Hua and another investigator, Li Zhao, had worked covertly at a shoe factory in the city of Dongguan, in Guangdong province, that was owned by the Huajian Group.

A Chinese activist investigating a company that manufactures shoes for Ivanka Trump's label and other Western brands has been detained by police in China, and two of his colleagues remain unaccounted for.

Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao and Su Heng, working undercover under the direction of New York-based China Labor Watch at a factory operated by shoe manufacturer Huajian Group in the south-east province of Jiangxi, have been unreachable by phone over the weekend, said Li Qiang, the founder of the advocacy group. The parent company is known as Huajian Group.

The Huajian factory makes as many as 20,000 pairs of shoes a year for the Ivanka Trump brand.

As the Trump and Xi families gathered at Trump's Florida resort, China's government approved three new trademarks to sell Ivanka Trump-branded products in China, although Beijing insists it gave her no preferential treatment.




Li said investigators had seen Ivanka Trump-brand merchandise, as well as production orders for Ivanka Trump, Marc Fisher, Nine West and Easy Spirit.

Rights group Amnesty International called for the release of the three if they were held only for investigating possible labour abuses at the factories.

But Li said it's the first time in 17 years of investigating labor rights violations in China that any of China Labor Watch's investigators had been detained by police. Bustle has reached out to the Ivanka Trump brand for comment. Two other shoe brands under the company's umbrella - Marc Fisher and Kylie + Kendall - were also being made at the Huaijian factories, according to China Labor Watch. Hua Haifeng was stopped at the border May 25 and later questioned by police, Li said. In his opinion, they are being kept by the police or the factory, so that "there is no access to them". "There's never been any problems before", Mr Hua's wife Deng, said by phone Wednesday.

The Star Press reported that Nathaniel Leon Jordan, 27, (pictured left) allegedly punched Jessica Skeens, 28, (pictured right) in the face and grabbed the steering wheel prior to Sunday's crash.

Deng said the news came as a shock.

Associated Press researcher Fu Ting contributed from Shanghai. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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