PortandTerminal.com, July 2, 2020
The US govt seized hair weaves suspected to be made in Chinese prison camps out of human hair
NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of New York/Newark detained a shipment of products/accessories suspected to be made with human hair on Wednesday.
This is the second time this year that CBP has seized products from China suspected to have been made from prisoner’s hair.
In this latest seizure, the products were part of a shipment of almost 13 tons of hair products s worth over $800,000 dollars.
According to the CPB, the shipment originated in Xinjiang, China, signaling potential human rights abuses of forced child labor and imprisonment.
Xinjiang is an autonomous rural region in the northwest of China and home to roughly 11 million Uyghurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority with a distinct culture and language. Until recently, there were many more Uyghurs in Xinjiang than Han Chinese, the ethnic majority that makes up the rest of the country.
The US State Department estimates that over one million Uyghurs have been detained in a massive network of internment camps in Xinjiang, where they are reportedly “subjected to torture, cruel and inhumane treatment such as physical and sexual abuse, forced labor, and death.”
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