Customs seizes 12 tonnes of human hair from Chinese labor camps

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US customs suspects Lop County Meixin Hair Product of using forced and prison labor, including from children. They seized the goods on this ground on June 17.

LUS Customs announced on Wednesday that it had intercepted a shipment of human hair products suspected of being packaged in labor camps in the Chinese region of Xinjiang.

This region of north-west China is the scene of a vast program of political repression of Muslim minorities, especially the Uighurs. At least one million Muslims are interned there, according to human rights organizations.

The products – presumably wigs or hair extensions – were part of a shipment of nearly 12 tonnes, estimated at $ 800,000, exported by the company Lop County Meixin Hair Product.

US customs suspects the company of using forced and prison labor, including from children. They seized the goods on this ground on June 17.

“The way these goods are made is a very serious human rights violation,” said Brenda Smith, trade assistant to the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

“The purpose of the seizure is to send a clear and direct message to all entities wishing to trade with the United States that illegal and inhuman practices will not be tolerated in American supply chains.”

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