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WASHINGTON – US tech giant Apple has been importing clothing from a business which is facing US sanctions over forced labour at a subsidiary firm in China’s Xinjiang region according to shipping records.

Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, just recently told the US Congress he would not tolerate forced labour or modern-day slavery in Apple’s supply chains.

However, shopping records show Esquel recently sent a shipment of women’s cotton and elastane knit shirts – likely uniforms – to Apple stores in California. Those records were identified by the Tech Transparency Project, claims the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

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