According to research conducted by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, tens of thousands of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities are being dispatched from a network of detention camps in far northwestern China to work in factories that produce clothes, technology and automotive parts for some of the biggest brands in the world.
Canberra-based ASPI has been examining the supply chains of scores of global companies including Apple, BMW, Nike and Sony.
It reports that 80,000 Uyghur workers were transferred out of Xinjiang between 2017 and 2019, claiming that people are being effectively “bought” and “sold” by local governments and commercial brokers.
Beijing has denied abuses against Muslim minorities as “fake news.”
Political Editor Andrew Probyn spoke to ASPI’s lead researcher, Vicky Xu.
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