Apple’s Chief Executive, Tim Cook, announced the US Congress that he would not go to tolerate modern-day slavery or forced labor in the company’s logistics department. As per Apple’s agent, none of its suppliers are aware of the fact that their uniforms have been imported from Xinjiang region of western China.

Changji Esquel Textile, a unit of the Hong Kong garment group Esquel, along with 10 other Chinese companies has been sanctioned by the US Government in July for claiming human rights violations in Xinjiang region along with forced labors.

As per the sanction, the companies cannot buy US technology and other goods. Wilbur Ross, the US commerce secretary, said that they started to stop using US products being used in “the Chinese Communist party’s despicable offensive against defenseless Muslim minority populations”.

Esquel sent a shipment of women’s cotton and elastane knit shirts to “Apple Retail stores” in California, a month prior to the sanction announced. The Tech Transperancy Project found those records.

many major US clothing companies such as Nike, Patagonia, and Tommy Hilfiger were linked to Esquel supplies. But the relationship between Apple and the firm did not get much public inspection.


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