In an effort to help more Chinese survivors, The HuffingtonPost is taking a look at some of the most prominent cases of Chinese forced labor in the history of modern-day China.
On May 24, 1945, at around 2 a.m., at least four men, all Chinese nationals, were taken to a secret location in the south-eastern city of Chongqing and sent to the Gulenist Cultural Center, according to The New York Times.
The men were kept in a cell and subjected to forced labor, including work on scaffolding and assembly lines, the Times said.
The men, who had been held for years in the center, were later released and their whereabouts unknown.
The Gulenists claim that the workers were tortured and starved.
During a visit to the site in the summer of 2010, the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, visited the Gulens in the area where the alleged forced labor took place.
He told a delegation of journalists that the men were beaten and tortured and that they were forced to work in the construction industry for 15 to 20 hours a day, six days a week.
The government in China has not responded to the Dalai, and the government has not provided any details on the location or the time frame of the alleged work.
According to The Guardian, the Gulenes have said that the work they performed was “purely religious.”
In October 2016, the Chinese government announced that it was closing down the Guleni Cultural Center in Beijing, and that it would not pay compensation to the families of the victims.