The US State Dept: The Chinese government “continues to carry out a campaign of repression in Xinjiang, targeting Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, ethnic Kyrgyz, and members of other Muslim minority groups.
US seizes Chinese products made from human hair by Muslim prisoners
By AFP – July 2, 2020 @ 9:26am
WASHINGTON: US customs officials said on Wednesday they had seized a shipment of products made from human hair believed to be made by Muslims in labour camps in the country’s western Xinjiang province.
They were part of an US$800,000, 13-ton shipment from Lop County Meixin Hair Product Co. US Customs and Border Protection ordered on June 17 that the company’s goods be held on grounds it uses prison and forced labour, including from children.
“The production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation,” said Brenda Smith, executive assistant commissioner for trade at CBP.
“The detention order is intended to send a clear and direct message to all entities seeking to do business with the United States that illicit and inhumane practices will not be tolerated in US supply chains.”
Lop County Meixin was the third Xinjiang exporter of human hair – typically used in weaves and extensions – to be blacklisted in recent months for using forced labour.
The announcement came as the US State, Commerce, Treasury and Homeland Security departments warned US businesses to beware importing goods through supply chains that involve forced or prison labour in Xinjiang and elsewhere in China.
And they also warned companies against supplying surveillance tools to be used by authorities in Xinjiang, or aiding in the construction of facilities used in the mass detention of Muslims and minorities in the province.
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of human hair during 2019.
- Hong Kong: US$30.2 million (51.9% of total human hair exports)
- India: $19 million (32.5%)
- United Kingdom: $2.4 million (4.1%)
- United States: $945,000 (1.6%)
- Myanmar (Burma): $890,000 (1.5%)
- Brazil: $740,000 (1.3%)
- Thailand: $499,000 (0.9%)
- Ukraine: $483,000 (0.8%)
- Japan: $446,000 (0.8%)
- Italy: $392,000 (0.7%)
- Bangladesh: $324,000 (0.6%)
- South Africa: $291,000 (0.5%)
- Ireland: $274,000 (0.5%)
- China: $224,000 (0.4%)
- Vietnam: $164,000 (0.3%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 98.2% of all human hair exported in 2019.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing human hair exporters since 2015 were: Thailand (up 24,850%), Hong Kong (up 3,686%), United Kingdom (up 923.7%) and Brazil (up 598.1%).
Four major suppliers posted declines in their exported human hair sales namely Myanmar also called Burma (down -85.4%), South Africa (down -64.2%), United States (down -63.8%) and India (down -48.8%).