U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained a shipment of wigs and other human hair products suspected of being made through forced labor in Xinjian, China. BSCC’s executive director Marisa Ugarte says this case is still another example of “a growing awareness of labor trafficking taking place” across the globe, including in the United States. “Labor trafficking is a difficult crime to track and prove” says Ugarte.
The seizure was made by CBP officials at the Port of New York; the agency saying it had strong evidence linking the products to forced labor camps. Women survivors from these camps reported their heads were shaved when they were admitted into the camps. For some time there have been stories circulating of the Chinese government creating forced labor camps as part of an effort to subjugate over a million Muslim ethnic minorities.
The company will be given an opportunity to prove the wigs are not the product of forced labor. But for now, they are being held by the CBP.
The agency had suspected this sort of shipment was going to enter the US. In mid-June the agency released a warning:. It said in part “all U.S. ports of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will detain imported merchandise made wholly or in part with hair products produced by Lop County Meixin Hair Product Co. Ltd. (Meixin) in Xinjiang, China”
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The Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition is pleased to introduce its newest intern, Jany Huynch. Ms. Huynch is currently attending the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos.
Her goal is to become an occupational therapist in inpatient acute care. In this role, she hopes to develop programs for organizations, like the BSCC, to help survivors of human trafficking transition back to the community.
While volunteering, Jany is working on a new BSCC program that parrots her own long-term dream. She is a member of a team working to create a sustainable victim-focused program to help victims leave the “life.” The BSCC recognizes her goal is admirable, delving into an area that is often overlooked and underfunded. Helping clients become fully functioning members of our society is a key element of any successful program. We welcome her to our team!Posted in Uncategorized Jun 11
During her 25-career as a Research Psychologist with the Federal Government, Anne published two books and more than 130 scientific articles, book chapters, and reports. Currently, she is President of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition and Women’s Museum of California. She has volunteered as an election supervisor in “emerging” countries (eight missions) and has organized conferences, published articles, and given presentations about human trafficking, world peace, and women’s history at local, national, and international conferences (e.g., Cuba, Greece, Uganda, South Africa).
As a staunch opponent of human trafficking, Anne spoke out against this form of modern-day slavery before such nonprofit organizations as the World Affairs Council and the Downtown San Diego Lions Club in the late 1990s. She also organized educational programs about sex trafficking through the United Nations Association. All of her audiences were shocked, even those attending the International Congress of Women in Havana, Cuba in 2003. She continues to write and speak out about sex trafficking, a horrific form of violence against women. Anne has served on the board of BSCC for twenty years. JW August is our outgoing president. He served in this position for more than fifteen years and like Anne is one of the original co-founders of the BSCC. A veteran journalist, he has reported on trafficking for over a decade, writing and producing dozens of stories involving labor and sex trafficking. He has been awarded two Emmy’s for stories on the subject, one on an orphanage in Baja which was involved in the trade and a second story on trafficking along the US/Mexico border. His new role with the BSCC will be as the media relations director.Posted in Uncategorized Mar 09 Posted in Uncategorized Feb 11 Posted in Uncategorized