Chinese workers made to drink urine, eat cockroaches

China urine

China urine

Managers at a home improvement firm in Southern China have been jailed for cruel and unusual punishment of workers in which staff were flogged and forced to drink urine and eat cockroaches for missing sales targets.

The post included a video showing a man standing topless in the centre of a room being whipped by another man with a belt, with other people gathered around watching.

A video went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo in which a male employee was being beaten with a belt.

The video was viewed more than 500,000 times, as per Zunyi Yaowen via South China Morning Post last November 5, with screenshots of the video continuing to be spread after the original post was taken down.

Screenshots of the managers threatening staff to eat cockroaches for poor performance also emerged.

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Then, several employees can be seen each taking a cup of yellow liquid and drinking it front of a Power Point presentation screen. These contained threats of different kinds of punishment if they failed to meet the firm's sales targets.

Thus far, local authorities have released a statement on Weibo, saying that two of the firm's managers have been jailed for ten days.

Other punishments involved drinking vinegar or toilet water, selling condoms and sanitary pads on the street and having their head shaved, according to other text messages in the post.

According to the South China Morning Post, citing Pear Video, staff had not been paid in two months and were reluctant to leave without first receiving their back pay.

The company also allegedly threatened to severely reduce severance pay for anyone who quit. Another manager will be jailed for five days.

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