"I was shocked to find this note and card inside the trousers from Primark and even more shocked to discover that it appears to have been made under slave labour conditions in a Chinese prison. I am only sorry that I did not discover the note when I first purchased the clothing - then I could have brought this scandal to light much earlier."
“It is a horrific tale. It’s very difficult to know whether it's genuine, but the fear has to be that this is just the tip of the iceberg.“There is no excuse for any UK company to be profiting from forced labour in Chinese prisons. They should be monitoring their supply chains and terminating contracts when they discover abuses.
“The Government should now amend its Modern Day Slavery Bill to require companies to keep their supply chains free of such abuses.”
Full text of the note
“SOS! SOS! SOS!"We are prisoners in the Xiang Nan Prison of the Hubei Province in China. Our job inside the prison is to produce fashion clothes for export. We work 15 hours per day and the food we eat wouldn't even be given to dogs or pigs. We work as hard as oxen in the field."We call on the international community to condemn the Chinese government for the violation of our human rights!”
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24 Jun 2014, 10:47pm