From Jan. 14, about 300 seniors from Liaocheng University were sent to two electronics companies in Jiangsu province, more than 800 kilometers away, for their winter internships. But soon the students found that the work was not what their teachers had described.
Though they were promised easy jobs and standard shifts of no more than 10 hours, they were required to work an average of 13 hours every day on the factory production line, for lower pay than the facility’s staff. “We were like corpses after we finished,” said a student in the first video.
Several students fell ill with colds and fevers, and photos of their bandaged fingers and blistered hands circulated online. One student reported suicidal thoughts, according to China National Radio. But when they complained to their teachers, they were told to persist.