U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after several U.S. retail trade groups issued a statement regarding forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

“Xinjiang’s blood cotton is disgusting. Chairman Xi is a dictator who does not care about human rights and is thrilled when American companies become complicit in his abuses by profiting from Uyghur slave labor. I have been calling on American companies to cut ties with the region and condemn the internment, slavery, and genocide of the Uyghurs. Washington needs to come together to crack down on the Chinese Communist Party and American companies shouldn’t wait to start cleaning up their supply chains.”

Background: 

In December, 2020, Sasse took to the Senate floor to condemn the slave labor in Xinjiang and called for U.S. Companies that celebrate individuality, individualism, and talk about the expansion of human potential to stop being cosponsors of slave fields.

Senator Sasse, Chairman of the Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee, sent letters to Nike and Gap concerning their ties with manufacturers in Xinjiang that use Uyghur slave labor and an additional letter to Nike after their army of lobbyists worked to fight against a bill designed to protect Uyghurs.