The People’s Republic of China runs the biggest camp system in the world. About four million people are exploited as slave labour – seven days a week, up to 16 hours a day. Sleep deprivation, torture, violence, and an insufficient water and food supply are everyday occurrences in the camps. The “Laogai” system (Chinese: “reform through labour”) is a synonym for political imprisonment, forced labour and torture. All information concerning the camp system is a state secret kept strictly locked away by the government. Therefore, there are no official statistics on the number of camps or their inmates. However, the independent Laogai Research Foundation was able to identify about 1,000 labour camps in the People’s Republic. The founder of this foundation is Harry Wu, who is a member of the ISHR Board of Trustees, and suffered a total of 19 years performing forced labour in Laogai camps as a political prisoner.