The national press is out with a story: Activist investigating factory that makes Ivanka Trump's shoe line is missing. Bloomberg's story is typical:
Two Chinese labor activists were reported missing, with a third detained by police, while they were investigating labor violations at a factory that manufactured Ivanka Trump shoes, according to a workers advocacy group.
Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao and Su Heng, working undercover under the direction of New York-based China Labor Watch at a factory operated by shoe manufacturer Huajian Group in the southeast province of Jiangxi, have been unreachable by phone over the weekend, said Li Qiang, the founder of the advocacy group. Hua’s wife was contacted by local police by phone Tuesday afternoon and told that he’s been detained for illegal eavesdropping, said the wife, Deng Guimian.
Is this really a story about Ivanka Trump, or a Chinese sweat shop that makes shoes for many American and international brands, and the Chinese government's suppression of inquiries into work conditions? The Trump line is a tiny, tiny fraction of the factory's production:
The company makes 10,000 to 20,000 pairs of shoes a year for Ivanka Trump’s brand — a fraction of the 20 million pairs the company produces a year — as well as Marc Fisher, Nine West and Easy Spirit merchandise.
A Google snapshot shows how the story is being covered: