The Chinese government developed what it calls a “poverty alleviation program”—initially reported to target individuals living in poor, rural regions such as Xinjiang. The program would “compel” those living in poverty in Xinjiang to work for significantly reduced wages in “low-skilled manufacturing industries, including the production of textiles and apparel.” This coerced labor transfer scheme was mandated by the Chinese government and enforced by different production entities, one being the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC). However, recent reports have indicated several notable pieces of information that expand on what was originally known about this coercive labor scheme.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on May 3, 2021. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Smith, Paul, "Forced Labor in Xinjiang Raises Ethical Concerns for Fashion Retailers" (2021). AELJ Blog. 291.