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The letter went on to detail grueling hours, verbal and physical abuses as well as torture that inmates making the products had to endure -- all in a place called Masanjia Labor Camp in China.

"It was surprising at first and I didn't know if it was a hoax," recalled Keith, a program manager at a company that runs a chain of thrift stores and donation centers. "Once I read the letter and researched on the Internet, I realized that this may be a real deal.

"I knew there are labor camps in China, but this slammed me in the face. I had no idea if this person was still alive or dead or in the camp -- it's extraordinary that it was able to come all the way from China."

Keith heeded the writer's call by reaching out to human rights groups but received no response. She then posted the letter on Facebook, which prompted the local Oregonian newspaper to run a front-page article.

As word of Keith's unusual Halloween discovery spread, her story turned into international news, throwing a spotlight on one of China's most notorious labor camps -- and the controversial system behind them.


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