July 16 - A Chinese woman sent to labor camp for protesting the rape of her 11-year-old daughter is awarded $480 in compensation. Julie Noce reports.
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40 year old Tang Hui listens to a court ruling Monday that awarded her compensation for time she spent in a hard labour confinement camp.
Her original crime? Protesting the abduction and rape of her then 11 year old daughter.
In 2006, her daughter was kidnapped, raped and forced into prostitution. She was rescued two months later. Two of her seven kidnappers were sentenced to death. After the sentencing,Tang held protests in front of local government buildings to insist on harsher punishments.
Instead, she was arrested, and put in a labour camp for quote 'seriously disturbing public order'.
Since 1957, China's controversial labour camps have allowed police to sentence petty criminals to up to four years' confinement in hard labour camps without a court order.
Tang served 8 days out of 18 months of her sentence after a public outcry over the incident.
And while the court ruled on Monday that Tang's behavoiur was still illegal, she should not have been sent to the camp. They awarded her the equivalent of $480 U.S. dollars for her troubles.
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