US officials have banned new imports of Chinese fishing vessels from the sea for more than a year.
The CBP said in a statement on Friday that it had released a so-called hostage release Dalian Ocean Fishing Co., Ltd., A fishing company in the port city of Dalian, near the Chinese border with North Korea. The agency identified at least 11 laborers in the company’s fleet, including “physical violence, unpaid wages, and abusive working and living conditions.” The indictment alleges abuses against several Indonesian workers.
Once the ban is in place, border agents will begin to preserve tuna, sword fish and other marine fish collected by Chinese-owned or operated vessels. According to CBP officials, this is the first US ban on imports of all fishing vessels, in contrast to individual vessels previously targeted.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro said: “Companies that exploit their employees have no place in the United States. Press release. Forced goods not only exploit workers but also hurt American businesses and make consumers unethical.
He said the mayor’s release order not only ensures continued protection of human rights but also protects national and economic security.
Dalian ocean fishing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Earlier this week, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai called for attention to the issue of forced labor on fishing vessels. Proposal To the World Trade Organization b Refrain from subsidies for forced labor and require member states to recognize the problem.
2017 Report An estimated 25 million people worldwide are being forced or forced to work through the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Wok Free Foundation. About 16 million of these individuals were forced into the private sector in 2016, according to the report.
The remittance ban on fishing in the Dalian Ocean is the latest in a series of similar restrictions. For the past two years, Chinese companies have been subject to a number of forced labor sanctions.
When the Trump administration was in power last week, it banned the import of cotton and tomato products from China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The ban follows allegations that the products were produced by Uruguayan Muslims under unauthorized conditions and forced labor.
In a similar effort in September, the United States banned the importation of certain Chinese-made hair products, clothing, and computer parts – again in the Shinjang Autonomous Region.
Previous targets also include doll producers, peeled garlic and artificial sweeteners.
“DHS will continue to investigate the use of forced labor in remote fishing vessels and many other industries,” the mayor said in a statement. Manufacturers and U.S. importers trying to exploit workers in the United States should be aware of this.
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