Jun 08, 2010 News
Proprietors of China Trading, Jason and Lily Wang, say that legal action is being considered against any other persons who come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct during their employment with the company.
During an interview, the two people stated that they are at a loss to understand why the allegations have been made. Acknowledging that they may have made mistakes, the Wangs explained that they are relatively new business people and are learning as they go along.
Jason Wang explained that he is a father of four who were all born in Guyana. Last August, he sent them with their mother to their grandparents in China.
He stated that because he was so taken up with running the business and paying attention to his children, it would have been impossible for him to be taking part in the activities that have been levelled against him by way of the allegations.
He said that he doesn’t even smoke or drink, and had never even heard of a same sex relationship before he came to Guyana.
He said that he never got the slightest hint from any of his employees that there was anything wrong. Wang however suggested that the facts may have been misrepresented by the ex-employees.
He explained that while he did not allow his employees to consume alcohol in their living quarters, they nevertheless found a way to get around that. The employer said that the workers would jump over the fence, sometimes cutting themselves on the barbed wire in the process, to purchase their ‘drinks’ from a nearby vendor.
He stated that they would also sometimes break the padlock on the gate to get out. Wang said that he was constantly talking to his workers about their drinking habits and urging them to save their money.
He added that at times some of the Amerindian employees would visit their families who would take away almost all of their wages, leaving them with next to nothing, and they would come back to work with hardly any cash to take them through the month.
In other cases, when some of them go home without any money, they would not say that they did not have any, but would instead say that “Chinee man no pay we.”
But as far as he knows through his own investigations into the allegations, there were no sex games involved at any time. He said that the girls who were living in the compound were Chinese and living with their husbands.
Since the allegations were made by the four ex-workers, the company was visited by officials of the Ministry of Labour and the National Insurance Scheme.
Wang said that he had no problem with this, since he wants to do business the professional way. In the future, he said that he will demand photo identification and a Police clearance of all new employees.
He will also take into consideration that he could hire staff through the Ministry of Labour’s Central Recruitment and Manpower Agency.
“If I (had done) that I wouldn’t have had this underage problem,” Wang said.
As for the workers still staying at his bond, Wang said he has since asked them again if they would like to move out and rent an apartment if they are not satisfied with the facilities he offers free of charge.
The workers have said they would like to stay in the bond and Wang has offered to improve the facilities.
But while the Wangs are very hurt over the entire issue, they will look at it as a learning process.
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