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Chinese Officials Seize 750 kg of Human Hair on Burma Border

24 October 2013

Customs officials in China’s Yunnan Province say they have seized 750 kg of human hair in Ruili, a city on the Sino-Burmese border. The seizure was announced on Wednesday, but no arrests were reported and it was unclear when the discovery was made, according to, citing a report by the China News Service. The smuggled hair was found in 26 parcels and was valued at 75,000 yuan (US $12,000), the report said. Under Chinese law, human hair that has not been properly processed is classified as waste and cannot legally be imported. The report notes that to meet the huge demand for products like wigs in China, smugglers import hair from poor neighboring countries.