US Custom officials busted a massive shipment of beauty products entering the states from Xinjiang which the agency believes are hair weaves suspected made out from human hair.
According to reports in CNN, the 13-ton cargo contained packed hair extensions valued at US$800,000 that signaled what the US suspects are from forced labour and imprisonment of ethnic groups in the province. Xinjiang has been in the limelight of late for its abuse of it Uyghur people, there are 11 million of these minority ethnics living in this region. US State Depetment estimates over 1 million Uyghurs have been detained in a mass network of detention camps across Xinjiang. They are reportedly subjected to abuse, forced labour, sexual abuse and death.
“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.” said Brenda Smith from the Customs And Border Patrol USA. China has consistently refuted these claims and had issued statements on its handling of its ethnic citizens, insisting that they are given education and formal training to up-skill themselves. But viral images on social media points otherwise, Trump recently signed a bill into law aimed to punish Beijing for its repression of the muslim Uyghurs.
So the next time you order the hair extensions from China or purchase one in Malaysia, verify the authenticity of the producers and manufacturers, if need to call and ask. You don’t want someone’s blood on your head!