On 16 December, the Brussels Times reported that face masks produced by the victims of forced labour in China are being sold on the Belgian market, according to research carried out by OCCRP. The masks – 3-ply disposable surgical in packs of 50 – masks are sold online under the brand name Hubei Haixin. OCCRP reported that medical masks and protective equipment made by Uighur laborers in China are being sold across Europe by at least 2 major distributors, and have been bought by governments and health bodies in at least 5 countries, an investigation by OCCRP and partners has found.
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