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Woman says letter in Halloween decoration describes worker abuse in China

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A local woman said she found a letter pleading for help hidden away in Halloween decorations made in China and purchased at a Vancouver store.

Julie Keith said she bought the "graveyard kit" last year from a Vancouver K-Mart that has since closed down.

When she decided to use the items for decorations in October, Keith said she found a page-long letter wedged between two Styrofoam gravestones describing the deplorable conditions at a labor camp in China.

The letter says people work for 15 hours a day for very little money and if they don't, they will be tortured.

The letter writer asks the reader to forward the information to a human rights organization.

Keith reached out to a reporter from The Oregonian, who contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency then called Keith to learn more.

"They believed my story, but they couldn't verify the authenticity of it," she said. "They were going to do some more research. I got the feeling from them, there wasn't really anything they could do."

Keith said she also reached out to Amnesty International, but never heard back.

For her part, Keith said she will no longer purchase anything made in China.

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