BEIJING — Female factory workers in Guangzhou’s industrial zone — the heartland of manufacturing in China — face widespread sexual harassment at work that ranges from being fired for getting pregnant to facing pressure from bosses for sex, according to a newly released survey.
The study, conducted by the Chinese labor group the Sunflower Women Workers Center, found that up to 70 percent of female factory workers surveyed had been sexually harassed in some fashion. The analysis included in-depth interviews with 134 female factory employees in Guangzhou, which has long been the center of China’s manufacturing output. The survey did not distinguish in which particular manufacturing industries the women worked, but did say they were mostly women who work on factory lines, not managers. Guangzhou is part of China’s largest concentration of mass production of textiles, garments, shoes and accessories.
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