Chinese mother of rape victim, 11, wins lawsuit in labor-camp case

July 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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CHANGSHA, China, July 15 (UPI) -- A woman who was put in a labor camp for her protests after the rape of her 11-year-old daughter won a lawsuit Monday against a local authority in China.

The Hunan Provincial People's High Court on ruled in favor of Tang Hui, 40, and ordered the Yongzhou Municipal Re-education Through Labor Commission to pay her $478 for infringing upon her personal freedom and causing mental damages, Xinhua reported.

In October 2006, Tang's daughter was kidnapped, raped and forced into prostitution. The girl was rescued in December of that year and seven men were arrested, tried and convicted in the case.

Two of the men were sentenced to death, four others received life in prison, and the seventh was sentenced to 15 years.

Tang urged the court to impose harsher punishments on all of the men, but was arrested and put in a labor camp in Yongzhou for "seriously disturbing social order and exerting a negative impact on society" after staging a protest in front of local government buildings on Aug. 2, 2012.

She was sentenced to 18 months in the camp but was released after eight days due to a public outcry.

Tang then filed a lawsuit against the commission demanding compensation for the time she spent in the camp.

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