Don’t buy clothes made with violence.

If you found out the clothes you were about to buy could be linked in modern-day slavery, would you still buy them?  According to the Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labor, “virtually the entire apparel industry is tainted by forced Uyghur and Turkic Muslim labor.”

Right now, more than one million Uyghurs Muslims (an ethnic minority in China’s Xinjiang province)  are arbitrarily detained and working at forced labor camps across China. This forced labor scheme is part of a broader strategy perpetrated by the Chinese government: a system of abuse that has unfolded into what has been  recognized as a genocide by the United States.

Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities are shackled, blindfolded, and led away to work in forced labor camps.

Multiple fashion brands and international companies have been found to be profiting from this genocide. Some do so openly, others cover up their ties to forced labor by claiming that they cannot completely trace their supply chains. Therefore, when you buy from them, you are unknowingly supporting violence, suffering, torture, erasure of cultural heritage and identity, and, ultimately, attempts to eradicate an entire people.

We cannot allow this to continue.

What can you do?

As consumers, we all have the power to put an end to this:  

1. Think twice before clicking “Add to Cart” or “Purchase;” 

2. Put the clothes with the “Made in China” label back on the rack; and  

3. Support companies that explicitly disclose not only where their products are made, but also who is making them and how they are made.

It is up to us to wear our values and show China’s authoritarian government that the use of forced labor will no longer be profitable. Join us and boycott labels which have not guaranteed every aspect of their supply chain is clean.

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