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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., plans to introduce legislation to require companies and celebrities to "pay the price" if they're found to use slave labor in their supply chain or endorse products that do.
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"Corporate America and the celebrities that hawk their products have been playing this game for a long time – talk up corporate social responsibility and social justice at home while making millions of dollars off the slave labor that assembles their products," Hawley said in a statement on Monday. "Executives build woke, progressive brands for American consumers, but happily outsource labor to Chinese concentration camps, all just to save a few bucks."
Hawley's Slave-Free Business Certification Act would require regular audits of companies and penalize them for failing to meet human rights standards.
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Hawley's bill appears to be targeted at the Chinese government's Uighur camps in Xinjiang province and comes after U.S. officials seized a huge shipment of products that they suspect were made with human hair as part of an effort to crack down on forced labor in China.