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US Bars Imports From Dominican Sugar Giant Over Forced Labor (2)

Nov. 23, 2022, 7:58 PM

The US is halting imports from one of the Dominican Republic’s largest sugar producers amid allegations the company uses forced labor.

US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement it was issuing a “withhold release order” that will effectively block shipments of sugar and sugar-based products from Central Romana Corp, Ltd.

The agency said it was taking the action “based on information that reasonably indicates the use of forced labor in its operations,” citing reports that Central Romana was keeping workers isolated, withholding wages, requiring excessive overtime and subjecting them to abusive working and living conditions. ...