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Afghanistan Customs Foils ‘Human Hair’ Smuggling to Pakistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
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The Ministry of Finance said that Ghulam Khan Border customs officials successfully thwarted an effort to smuggle more than one ton of “human hair” into Pakistan.

The hair was hidden behind coal in a Hino-brand vehicle, the ministry said in a tweet.

The Ministry of Finance also emphasized that, under the direction of the interim government leadership, any trade, transportation, and distribution of human hair within the country has wholly prohibited.

Human hair trafficking is a global issue, and a promising indicator of development is the recent seizure of an illegal shipment of human hair by Ghulam Khan border customs officials. Still, more work must be done to stop the illicit trade and safeguard vulnerable people.

High-quality human hair is in demand for wig production, hair extensions, and other beauty-related sectors.

In 2022, the market for human hair extensions was estimated to be worth $3.71 billion. CDI reported that the market is anticipated to expand from USD 4.06 billion in 2022 to USD 7.63 billion in 2030, with a forecasted CAGR of 9.44%.

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