Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Tuesday, Dec. 7, urged Airbnb to delist rental properties it owns in the areas of the Xinjiang region under sanction by the U.S.
The call came after a report by Axios alleged the lands owned by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) have several rental houses offered by Airbnb. XPCC is penalized by the Trump administration for its complicity in genocide and forced labor in the region.
“By continuing to allow these listings, Airbnb is implicitly endorsing and encouraging travel to Xinjiang, a region host to an ongoing genocide,” Rubio stated in a letter to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky issued Tuesday.
He acknowledged that XPCC has administrative authority in the lands of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), which hosts “many of the notorious mass internment camps that serve as detention, torture, sterilization, and indoctrination facilities for Uyghurs and other ethnic groups.”
Those others targeted by the CCP include Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, and Tibetan Buddhist disciples. Reports also confirmed it continues forced organ harvesting against them until this day.
According to Axios, Airbnb made about $6,500 from the assets in question just last year.
Despite this, Rubio alleged from the Axios report that Airbnb was “evidently comfortable” operating rental houses there and even justified it by claiming that it “screens all hosts and guests against global government watchlists.”
“How a paramilitary organization complicit in heinous human rights abuses could pass such a screen is beyond comprehension,” the Republican Senator derided.
Rubio further required Airbnb to abandon its sponsorship of the upcoming 2022 Beijing Olympics. The company is one of the 14 top-ranking sponsors for the games, which the Biden administration has declared a diplomatic boycott to protest its human rights practices, per The Hill.
The Beijing Olympics is expected to be the event for the Chinese Communist Party to sports wash its tainted records of genocide abuses.
Concerns were also rising about athletes’ well-being when they arrived there for the games. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) warned of potential exit bans imposed by the CCP to demand political and economic gains.