- Stacey-Lee and Richard Bridger are desperately fighting to have their daughter Tristan-Lee returned home after being lured to China by a fraudulent agency
- The agency had assured Tristan-Lee that she would obtain her work permit once in the country, but this turned out to be a fabrication
- To the family’s horror, the 19-year-old was arrested and taken to a detention centre
Stacey-Lee Bridger, a desperate South African mother has been calling for South African authorities to aid in the release of her 19-year-old daughter from a Chinese detention centre.
Tristan-Lee Niemand had been lured to China by an agency who had promised to handle the permits necessary for her to teach English in the country but to Tristan-Lee’s dismay, she had been arrested.
According to a Back-a-Buddy page ‘Bring Tristan Lee home’ set up by her father Richard Bridger, a high-ranking Chinese official had been involved with the agency in defrauding the Chinese government.
“Our darling child Tristan Lee was detained in China on the 16 of November. There has been a number of cases like this but Tristan’s case has a terrible twist as the agency had a high ranking Chinese government official involved with the agency defrauding the government and because of this, it is a case of national security.” an extract from the Bring Tristan Lee statement reads.
A fellow teacher who had also been arrested but who had managed to leave 8 days later had gotten word to Richard that his daughter was alright but that the conditions at the detention centre were terrible. The distraught parent was advised to prepare for a traumatised child, should she return home.
Stacey-Lee Bridger commented that her daughter was a South African citizen and as such should be supported by the embassy in China in her time of need. The mother revealed that her daughter had not received any aid from the South African embassy, who had not even bothered to visit her.
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