Federal customs officers in Newark, N.J., seized a huge shipment of products that officials suspect were made with human hair as part of an effort to crack down on forced labor in China, Fox News has learned.
The U.S. government is analyzing the cargo to confirm its origin. But U.S. officials said they intercepted part of a 13-ton shipment including products like hair extensions and wigs that potentially was produced by forced prison and child labor in the region of Xinjiang.
“If this highly suspicious, 13 ton shipment of human hair indeed turns out to be linked to the Uyghur concentration camps, then this is a new low even for the Chinese Communist Party and they will have to answer to the world community for their actions,” said John Ullyot, spokesman for the National Security Council.
Customs and Border Protection detained the shipment, worth more than $800,000, as part of a June 17 order to ports nationwide to hold products manufactured by Lop County Meixin Hair Product Co. Ltd. “based on information that reasonably indicated that they are manufactured with the use of prison labor,” according to a U.S. official.