Forced to work overtime for no extra pay, some are also tied and beaten and accused of stealing supplies.
Five incidents of human trafficking to China have already occurred this year.
Lao company is pushed out as province sends the projects to a company previously granted a 99-year concession to develop an SEZ in the area.
Some have been compensated in amounts too low for their needs, while others have not been paid at all, local sources say.
The move will further hurt downstream communities already hit by a severe drought called the worst in 60 years by the Mekong River Commission.
The trade continues elsewhere in the country, though, with sales reported in Chinese shops in the capital, Vientiane.
Lao government says Thai support points to potentially breaking ground early.
Lack of sediment in river water kills off fish, makes farming impossible.
Villagers complain about horrible smells that make 10 families sick.
Xaysana Keopimpha was arrested in 2017 for possessing 1.2 million meth pills.
Rights organizations propose independent body to look into enforced disappearance cases.
Family members of two other recently missing Lao activists are still searching for answers.
Phetphouthon Philachane is known to have taken part in pro-democracy demonstrations at Laos’ embassy in Thailand.
District-level authorities say the factory owners are ignoring orders to suspend operations.
The nearest water is now six miles away, and can be brought back only by motorcycle, villagers say.
Thitphay Thammavong is fighting to keep land that has been in his family since 1965.
Mouay also fined 20 million kip for complaining about September flood rescue efforts.
State Audit Organization says $50 million missing from 2018 budget.
Opponents say they fear more competition for jobs, rise in crime rates.
Police Say they are looking for more evidence in the case of the late-August disappearance of Od Sayavong.
Girls were promised better paying jobs in China, but sold as wives to Chinese men.
Leader of protest group’s organization says they did nothing wrong.
The eight planned to champion human rights and protest dam projects at a major Buddhist festival.
Legal expert says corrupt officials can use legal loopholes to take over villagers’ lands.
China to release water from Jinghong dam so Chinese boats can sail Mekong after drought.
At conference about Luangprabang project, experts and officials worry about environmental and social impact.
Rescued females agreed to marry Chinese men, but were treated like property once they arrived in China.
Broken toilets, lack of clean water, force many to return to their old homes, with compensation still not paid for property losses.
Thai activist group protests amid fears dam will hurt fisheries, environment.
After one death in custody and seven releases, seven Yeub village protesters remain incarcerated.