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China: Badger Sport drops Chinese supplier over reports of forced labour in detention camps
Author: James Griffiths, CNN, Published on: 11 January 2019
"US clothing company drops Chinese supplier over Xinjiang labor camp fears", 11 January 2019
A US sportswear company has dropped a Chinese supplier over fears its products were produced using forced labor in detention camps in Xinjiang.
In the past year, numerous reports from rights groups and former detainees have emerged of hundreds of thousands of people, mostly ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslims, being detained in so-called "vocational education centers" in Xinjiang.
This week, Badger Sportswear, a North Carolina-based retailer, said it would "no longer source any product" from Xinjiang-based supplier Hetian Taida. While Badger said Hetian Taida's current operations were "consistent with our Global Sourcing Policy" it added historical documentation was insufficient and so it was severing the relationship based on an "abundance of caution."
Additionally, the US company said it would no longer source products from "this region of China."...