LONDON – The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) could investigate companies that import goods with forced labour links on the basis that “those products may constitute the proceeds of crime.” This approach was confirmed in a recent case in the English High Court in relation to cotton products imported from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). It has potential implications for retailers importing garments into the UK, especially if importers are not certain of the origins of the cotton in them.
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