US authorities seized a shipment of fabrics and other beauty accessories suspected of being made from human hair taken from people locked up in a Chinese internment camp.
Federal authorities in New York seized a shipment of Hair extensions and other beauty accessories on suspicion that they were manufactured with human hair taken from people locked in a chinese internment camp.
Officials from the United States Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) told The Associated Press that the shipment included 11.8 tons of hair products with an estimated value of $ 800,000.
« The production of these goods constitutes a very serious violation of human rights and the intention of the arrest warrant is to send a clear and direct message to all entities that want to do business with the United States: that US supply chains do not will tolerate illegal and inhumane practices« said Brenda Smith, deputy executive commissioner of the CBP trade office.
It is the second time this year that CBP has applied one of its unusual confiscation orders to shipments of Hair extensions coming from China on the suspicion that the people who make them suffer human rights abuses. The orders require the containers to be held at ports of entry into the United States until CBP can investigate allegations of crime.
Rushan Abbas, an American Uighur activist whose sister, a doctor, disappeared in China Almost two years ago and believed to be locked in a field, she said women who wear hair extensions should ask who makes them.
« This is heartbreaking for us, » he said. « I want people to think about the slavery that people experience today. My sister is locked up somewhere and forced to do what,Hair extensions? «