Shipment full of human hair suspected to be from Chinese prisoners has been seized by U.S Customs and Border Protection Officers
A 13-ton shipment of hair and beauty products including weaves and hair extensions suspected to have been made out of Chinese prisoners hair was seized on Wednesday by US Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of New York.
The shipment raised red flags and was seized by U.S Customs and Border Protection officers. The contents of the containers originating from Xinjiang, China are worth approximately US$800,000.
Xinjiang is an autonomous rural region in the northwest of China and home to roughly 11 million Uyghurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority with a distinct culture and language.
The US State Department estimates that over one million Uyghurs have been detained in a massive network of internment camps in Xinjiang, where they are reportedly “subjected to torture, cruel and inhumane treatment such as physical and sexual abuse, forced labor, and death.”
This is the second seizure this year which customs and border protection officers suspected the goods was hair harvested from Chinese prisoners.
“It is absolutely essential that American importers ensure that the integrity of their supply chain meets the humane and ethical standards expected by the American government and by American consumers,” said Brenda Smith, CBP executive assistant
“The production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation, and 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 U.S. supply chains.”
China has faced international scrutiny for its treatment of the Uyghur Muslims and in June, President Trump signed a bill into law that aimed to punish Beijing for its repression of the ethnic minority.