BBC new report out today documenting more Forced Labour of 100,000s of Uyghur people in China Supply Chains
The BBC released news today about their investigation and a new report.
This documents the forced labour of 100,000s of Uyghur people in cotton picking in China, as well as the building of many new factories on the sides of prison like “re-education” camps in the Xinjiang region west of China.
The article indicates that the lucrative practise may be increasing of sending Uyghur people from re-education camps to factories, or requiring them under heavy duress to take up cotton picking work.
What can Business do?
Under USA law, imports of goods made under conditions of Forced Labor are banned, and US Customs has in 2020 been increasing their issuing of “Withhold Release Orders” (WROs) whereby goods which are alleged made by forced labour have been seized.
So this issue is a real business continuity in supply chains concern.
We hope this helps many.
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