China has announced a nationwide crackdown on enslavement and child labor, in the highest admission yet of grim exploitation in rural brick kilns where official complicity has been charged. Revelations of hundreds of poor farmers, teenagers and some children forced or lured to kilns, mines and foundries in Shanxi and Henan provinces have unfolded over past weeks, outraging citizens and local media. But until now, national leaders have avoided public comment. Premier Wen Jiabao chaired a cabinet meeting, which heard of a gruesome chain of abuses. (Reuters)

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