According to the advocacy group, 29 Chinese companies advertise electric stun batons, which inflict electric shocks to sensitive body parts such as the ears, throat and genitals without long-lasting physical evidence. Similar to weighted leg cuffs, one company makes a combination neck handcuff. Spiked batons have allegedly been used by Cambodian police as well as exported to authorities in Nepal and Thailand — and seven Chinese companies advertise them.
“Increasing numbers of Chinese companies are profiting from the trade in tools of torture and repression, fueling human rights abuses across the world,” Patrick Wilcken, security trade and human rights researcher at Amnesty International, said in a news release. “This trade – which causes immense suffering – is flourishing because the Chinese authorities have done nothing to stop companies supplying these sickening devices for export or to prevent policing equipment falling into the hands of known human rights abusers.”