13 TONS OF HUMAN HAIR SEIZED
FORCED LABOR CAMPS IN CHINA SUSPECTED

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Photo credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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”

Follow this link for more details:
https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-issues-detention-order-hair-products-manufactured-forced-labor-0