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Human Trafficking Center

“Made In China – But Was It Made In A Prison”: A Recap


Apr 2014


by Tori Robertson, HTC associate

Recently, Professor Claude d’Estrée of the Human Trafficking Center was interviewed for the NPR article “Made In China – But Was It Made In A Prison?

For years, Chinese goods have been products of forced labor, including those produced by inmates within China’s re-education-through-labor camps. While China formally bans the export of products made within these prisons, the government’s actions tell a different story. The ability of officials to rename re-education camps “factories” and failure to accede to investigations has allowed everyday products produced by forced labor to make their way into international markets, including that of the United States.

China is not the only guilty party. The U.S. and domestic corporations are guilty of importing these products. With few regulations requiring businesses to disclose supply chains and relevant business practices, there are even fewer measures that discourage these products from being placed in the hands of consumers. Meanwhile, various legislative acts, such as the U.S. Tariff Act of 1930, offer loopholes for corporations and continue to allow for the import of these goods.

For the full article, please visit NPR’s “Made in China – But Was It Made In A Prison?

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