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13 tons of hair weaves seized at US border, suspected to be from Chinese internment camps

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In New York, federal authorities seized a shipment of human hair weaves suspected to be taken from and created by Uyghur women detained in a Chinese internment camp. The seizure is related to a rare sanction placed by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on May 1 on hair products from Hetian Haolin Hair Accessories after they were linked to forced labor.


Sanctions like this, while rarely issued, are used to hold shipping containers in the U.S. ports of entry until the CBP can investigate claims of wrongdoing. But now, the CBP has issued a detention order on shipments of hair weaves from China for the second time this year.

Today, 13 tons of hair products, estimated to be worth $800,000, were in a requisitioned shipment from Lop County Meixin Hair Product Co. Ltd., reports The Associated Press. The hair was allegedly taken forcibly at the internment camp populated by Uyghur women, who typically have long hair as part of their culture. Two companies sold hair that was suspected to be both taken from inmates and created by forced labor.


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