American Citizen Survives Chi-Com Detention and Torture


Steven Schaerer, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, is a survivor with a harrowing story to tell.

After graduating from college, he worked in Beijing for five years and founded an educational consulting firm in his 20’s. In October 2016, while still in China, he was wrongly accused of illegal employment and was arrested and thrown into prison, even though he and his employees were all legally employed with visas. He said the Chinese regime often views foreigners as a threat, especially if they are successful.

“Most of Chinese kind of ‘security laws,’ they’re incredibly vague, don’t really mean much, you don’t know what they are,” Schaerer, author and China policy expert, told NTD television.

“And so, when I was in interrogations for hours with Chinese police officers, one of the first questions, one of the questions they routinely ask was, ‘Do you know how much money we make?’ And they were looking at my tax documents, and they said, ‘Do you know how much you make? You make more than we make,’ kind of implying that was in and of itself illegal. I should not as a foreigner be making more money domestically in China than the police officers.”

Schaerer was imprisoned in what he describes to be a full military-style detention center, with 30-foot-high metal walls and armed guards around the perimeter. Prisoners had their blood drawn, were stripped naked and marched through metal detectors, and had all belongings taken away. The cell conditions were something people living overseas cannot fathom.

“You are sharing this one single, moldy, disgusting squatter toilet among 17 inmates, locked in this 24/7. You are eating out of a communal trough… they basically pour some kind of yellow sludge into a bucket, through a funnel in the door. Seventeen inmates just try to rush and try to eat this out of a bucket.” Schaerer said. “The conditions are horrific; they’re designed to kill you. There are suicide warning signs plastered on the walls.”

They slept with blood-stained blankets on frozen wooden planks with bright fluorescent lights beaming down the whole time. They stayed up taking turns to keep watch, making sure the inmates didn’t kill each other. They were also constantly told they cannot contact anyone in the outside world. He was imprisoned for a little under a month.

When Schaerer was finally deported and safely back in San Francisco, he was malnourished, sleep-deprived, and sick. He had to go through therapy to readjust to living normally again.

Schaerer wrote a book detailing his entire experience, titled “Surviving Chinese Communist Detention.” It was released in May this year.

In it, he shares stories about other groups of people who were detained, tortured, and executed for their beliefs: Falun Gong practitioners, Muslims, Uyghurs, Chinese Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, human rights lawyers, and political dissidents.

His experience provided him with a newfound appreciation for the U.S. Constitution and…

Read entire article here.

Original article posted by Ilene Eng at The Epoch Times. Title altered by Montana Daily Gazette.


Bringing you conservative news and commentary means it is tough out there on social media. We’re constantly getting kneecapped and constrained by tech companies who find the truth intolerable, resulting in our reach being severely throttled.

For this reason, please consider supporting us directly. If you like what you are reading and desire to to see more, please support our work here.

Stay informed. Subscribe today.
Enter your email address below.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
HTML5 Icon


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Op-Ed: Montana’s Largest Credit Union Needs to Be Investigated

As I continue to dig into the many layers of corruption being uncovered in Whitefish Credit Union's (WFCU) criminal...

Wild Animals Retreat to Montanan’s Yards to Escape Inferno

It is not uncommon for wild animals to escape the heat to seek safe shelter and fresh water sources...

Op-Ed: The Rent Moratorium is Theft, and We Rejoice It’s Over

There's another word for this rent moratorium where Montanans haven't paid their landlords in over a year. It's called...

Up to 20 Flathead Lake Homes Destroyed due to Fire

Unfortunately and sadly, up to 20 homes were destroyed July 31st on Flathead Lake due...

Western Montana: Rain with High Winds (Possible Flash Floods to Follow)

The Flathead Valley weather forecast calls for up to 60% rain showers from noon Sunday until 9 PM with...

Stoltze Land & Lumber, Serving Flathead, Lake, Lincoln Counties Closes Down Public Access Due to Extreme Fire Danger

F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company are closing their land for Public Access Use starting Monday, August 2.  It's hard-pressed...

Must read

Op-Ed: Montana’s Largest Credit Union Needs to Be Investigated

As I continue to dig into the many layers...

Op-Ed: The Rent Moratorium is Theft, and We Rejoice It’s Over

There's another word for this rent moratorium where Montanans...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

Print Friendly, PDF & Email