US must do more to enforce laws against companies using slave labor

Sen. Marco Rubio

This is the Jacksonville Solar Facility near the Brandy Branch generating station.  While demand for solar panels has increased, the US must do a better job at diving itself than those made by Chinese companies that employ slave labor.

Two months ago the Department of Homeland Security raided a facility right here in Jacksonville. This was no routine visit but reportedly involved 100 federal agents and a helicopter. The target? Not drug dealers or thieves, but a manufacturer of solar panels.

We don’t know for sure what Homeland Security was looking for, but there is every reason to think the company in question — Chinese-owned JinkoSolar — may have violated US customs laws.

Like most of the world’s solar panel companies, JinkoSolar previously relied on polysilicon from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (though it’s unclear if they still do). This is where the Chinese Communist Party subjects Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups to forced labor, as well as systemic rape, sterilization and indoctrination.

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