Tang Hui (a pseudonym) is a mother who attracted international support after she was arrested by Chinese authorities for protesting the lack of action after her 11-year-old daughter was kidnapped, raped and forced into prostitution in 2006. Her story is horrific but not unique. The mother reported the kidnapping to police who did nothing even after she discovered her daughter at a strip club. She took her home and continued to protest the failure to punish her rapists who were still walking the streets. The authorities cracked down in response: the mother was convicted and sent to a prison camp.
While the rapists and strip owners remained free, the police alleged that she “blocked cars and the entrances of the buildings and shouted out loud.” She was convicted for acts that “seriously disturbed social order” and “caused extremely bad social influences.” She was given an 18 month sentence without any former trial. She was sent to a labor camp for reeducation while her daughter’s rapists and the strip club owners continue to ply their trade.
After public outcry, she was released early. The reason? To take care of her daughter of course.