Categories: world

American sportswear is tracked at the factory in China's detention camp

HOTAN, China – Chinese men and women locked in a mass-cleaning camp where the authorities are "rebounding" ethnic minorities symar clothes that have been imported all year by an American sportswear company. The camp in Hotan, China, is one of a growing number of detention camps in the Xinjiang region, where in some estimates 1 million Muslims are left forced to give up their language and their religion and subject to political indoctrination. Now the Chinese government is also forceing prisoners to work in the manufacturing and food industry. Some of them are in detention camps; Others are private, state-subsidized factories where prisoners are sent when released. The Associated Press has recently tracked ongoing transportation from such a factory &#821 1; Hetian Taida Apparel – within a detention camp to Badger Sportswear, a leading supplier in Statesville, North Carolina. Badger clothes are sold at college campus and sports teams throughout the country, but there is no way to tell where any particular shirt in Xinjiang ends. The shipments show how difficult it is to stop products manufactured from forced labor from commuting into the global supply chain, despite the fact that such imports are illegal in the United States badger, CEO John Anton said Sunday that the company would stop transportation while investigating. Wu Hongbo chairman Hetian Taida confirmed that the company has a factory within a re-education association, saying that they provide employment to the interns that the government considered to be "unproblematic". "We are making our contribution to…

Chinese men and women locked in a mass-cleaning camp where the authorities are “rebounding” ethnic minorities symar clothes that have been imported all year by an American sportswear company.

The camp in Hotan, China, is one of a growing number of detention camps in the Xinjiang region, where in some estimates 1 million Muslims are left forced to give up their language and their religion and subject to political indoctrination. Now the Chinese government is also forceing prisoners to work in the manufacturing and food industry. Some of them are in detention camps; Others are private, state-subsidized factories where prisoners are sent when released.

The Associated Press has recently tracked ongoing transportation from such a factory &#821

1; Hetian Taida Apparel – within a detention camp to Badger Sportswear, a leading supplier in Statesville, North Carolina. Badger clothes are sold at college campus and sports teams throughout the country, but there is no way to tell where any particular shirt in Xinjiang ends.

The shipments show how difficult it is to stop products manufactured from forced labor from commuting into the global supply chain, despite the fact that such imports are illegal in the United States badger, CEO John Anton said Sunday that the company would stop transportation while investigating.

Wu Hongbo chairman Hetian Taida confirmed that the company has a factory within a re-education association, saying that they provide employment to the interns that the government considered to be “unproblematic”.

“We are making our contribution to eradicating poverty,” said Wu to AP over the phone.

Chinese authorities say that the camps offer free vocational training for Uighurs, Kazakh and other minorities, mainly Muslims, as part of a plan to make them a “modern civilized” world and eliminate poverty in the region. They say that people in the centers have signed a contract for vocational education.

Xinjiang Propaganda Department did not respond to a faxed request for comment. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman accused the foreign media on Monday to make “many unsafe reports” about training centers, but did not specify when they requested details.

“These reports are entirely based on hearsay evidence or done in the air,” the speech art, Hua Chunying, said at a daily briefing.

A dozen people who had either been in a camp or had friends or family in a told AP that the prisoners they knew had no choice but to work at the factories. Most of the Uighurs and Kazakhs, who were interviewed in exile, also said that even job-seekers would be retrained to do menial work.

Payment varied according to factory. Some have not paid anything, while others earned up to several hundred dollars a month, they said – barely above the minimum wage for the poorer parts of Xinjiang. A first-person knowledge of the situation in a county estimates that more than 10,000 detainees – or 10 to 20 percent of detention population there – work at factories, and earn only one tenth of what they previously earned. The person refused to be called out for fear of punishment.

A former reporter for Xinjiang TV in exile said that during his month-long detention last year, young people were taken to their camps in the morning to work without compensation in carpentry and a cement factory.

“The camp did not pay any money, not a single cent,” he said, asking that he be identified only with his first name Elyar, because he still has relatives in Xinjiang. “Even for necessities, such as things to shower or sleep at night, they would call our families outside to make them pay for it.”

Rushan Abbas, an uighur in Washington, DC, said that her sister is among them detained. Sister, Dr. Gulshan Abbas, was taken to what the government calls a professional, although she has no specific information about whether her sister has to work.

“American companies importing from these sites should know that these products are made by people treated as slaves,” she said. “What should they do, train a doctor to be a sleep stress?”

Mainur Medetbeks husband made odd repair jobs before they disappeared in a camp in February during a visit to China from their home in Kazakhstan. She has been able to get a sense of his relationships from supervised exchanges with relatives and from the husband to a woman in the same camp. He works in a clothing factory and may leave and spend the night with relatives every other Saturday.

Although Medetbek is uncertain of how much the man does, the woman in her camp earns 600 yuan (about 87 dollars) a month, less than half of the local minimum wage, and significantly less than Medetbeks man used to earn.

“They say it’s a factory, but it’s an excuse for detention. They have no freedom, there’s no time for him to talk to me,” she said. “They say they found a job for him. I think it’s a concentration camp.”

The New Republican Congress of New Jersey, Chris Smith, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the Trump administration on Monday to ban Chinese business imports.

“The Chinese government not only holds over a million owls and other Muslims, which forces them to withdraw their faith and deplore loyalty to the Communist Party, they are now using their work, “said Smith. “US consumers should not buy and US companies should not import goods made in modern concentration camps.”

__

Martha Mendoza reported from Santa Cruz, California.

Share
Published by
Faela