Stop Profiting Off the Backs of Slave Laborers

Target: Sonia Synga, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Gap, Inc.

Goal: Do not use cotton produced from forced labor to make products.

The ongoing atrocities committed against the minority Uighur Muslims of China have become one of the most pervasive crimes against humanity since World War II. Disturbing footage has shown imprisoned individuals blindfolded, shackled, and stepping on trains bound for what are very likely forced labor camps…invoking highly unsettling parallels with Nazi-era Europe. While nations continue to condemn and sanction these horrific actions, many of the world’s leading fashion brands are enabling and indirectly supporting the torture and abuse inflicted upon the Uighur people.

China is one of the leading exporters of the cotton used in many apparel products, and over three-quarters of the country’s cotton supply comes from Xinjiang: the location of the reported forced labor camps. A united band of global human rights groups estimates that as much as 20 percent of cotton currently used in apparel originates in this region, and therefore from the hands of human beings reportedly imprisoned, tortured, and even forcibly sterilized. Advocates have called out several well-known brands for their apparent complicity; many have responded with a vow to sever ties with suppliers in Xinjiang. Prominent clothing retailer The Gap—one of the brands identified for its potential associations with this tainted cotton—has yet to make a similar vow.

Sign the petition below to urge this influential brand to denounce the worst slave labor movement in nearly a century.


Dear Ms. Synga,

Cotton arose from a tragic legacy of slavery, torture, and ultimate human degradation. Unfortunately, it seems this product cannot completely shed its tragic roots, as cotton has become the centerpiece of apparent forced labor camps in Xinjiang, China. The “workers” behind this leading cotton producer are an ethnic minority who cannot go home to comfort after a hard day’s work but instead must seemingly endure torture, oppression, and imprisonment that could lead to death if pleas for help are ever uttered.

It has come to the attention of several human rights advocates that The Gap may have direct and indirect associations with the tainted products coming from this troubled region. Even if just one ounce of this blood cotton finds its way into a Gap product, the price is far too high. Please join with other global leaders in ending all affiliation with Xinjiang suppliers. Take a critical stand for the lives and the futures of human beings deprived of their freedom and dignity for too long.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Xinhua

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