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US: DHS Blocks Products Linked To Uighur Labor Camps & “Modern Slavery” From Entering US

Over a month after widespread allegations that China has been routinely using its Muslim Uighur population as prison laborers for products shipped to the West — specifically after 13 tons of human hair in weave products estimated to be worth over $800,000 was seized as a US port — the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday five new orders blocking the importation of products believed to be the result of forced labor.

Acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan underscored the new measures send a “clear message” concerning forced labor entering US supply chains

“Today’s Withhold Release Orders send a clear message to the international community that we will not tolerate the illicit, inhumane, and exploitative practices of forced labor in U.S. supply chains,” Morgan said, according to The Hill.

The directives are aimed at blocking products from multiple facilities in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region that are suspected of being either internment or ‘re-education camps’ or as including staff made up of forced labor.

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