The National Basketball Association contracts for sneakers with a multinational sports equipment corporation in Communist China that obtains cotton from the same region Uyghur Muslims are being held in forced labor camps, as reported by The Washington Free Beacon.
Anta Sports, which sources its cotton from Xinjiang, makes two sneakers that the NBA sells online. The company, which is the largest sports brand in China, notably makes Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson’s “Klaytheism” sneakers. The shoe retails up to $119.99. Anta Sports announced in March that it has “always bought and used cotton produced in China, including Xinjiang cotton” and “will continue to do so.”
BBC published a report in December that discussed China’s “re-education” camps located in Xinjiang. The report said more than 500,000 minorities, including thousands of Uyghur Muslims, are being forced to pick cotton in dire conditions.
In May 2019, the Pentagon estimated as many as 3 million people have been held since late 2018. The region