US Customs Bans Another Malaysian Glove Maker Over Alleged Forced Labor

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) banned imports from Malaysian glove manufacturer Brightway Group, its sixth blockade on a Malaysian company over suspected forced labor.

The CBP issued a withhold release order on Monday, saying that disposable gloves produced in Malaysia by Brightway Holdings and its subsidiaries, Laglove and Biopro, will be detained at all U.S. points of entry.

It is the sixth ban on a Malaysian company and the fifth on a Malaysian glove manufacturer.

The move was “based on information that reasonably indicates the use of forced labor in that entity’s manufacturing operations,” CBP said.

CBP identified 10 of the 11 indicators of forced labor defined by the International Labor Organization during its investigation into Brightway, according to the statement.

Malaysian officials had raided Brightway’s facilities last year and found workers living in shipping containers stacked on top of each other, while foreign laborers were accommodated in warehouses that were illegally converted into lodgings.

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