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‘Substantial volume’ of clothing tied to Uyghur forced labour entering EU, says study

Calls for legislation after dozens of brands identified as being at risk of sourcing materials linked to China’s transfer programmesA “substantial volume” of clothing tainted by the use of Uyghur forced labour is entering the European Union market, acc…

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Bangladesh garment workers fighting for pay face brutal violence and threats

Workers describe hands and arms being targeted in ‘merciless’ beatings as protests over low wages turn increasingly violent in DhakaWhen Masuma Akhtar arrived at the garment factory where she works on the outskirts of Dhaka on 31 October, she was expec…

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Thai police accused of ‘sham’ inquiry into alleged forced labour at former Tesco supplier

Exclusive: Burmese workers say officials took one day to conclude no laws were broken at VK Garment factoryThai police have been accused of conducting a “sham” investigation into potential forced labour at a garment factory formerly used by Tesco after…

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Girl, 7, raped at Thai factory supplying clothes for Tesco while mother worked

Exclusive: Woman recounts 2018 attack as landmark lawsuit is brought against retailer on behalf of 130 Burmese former workersAnalysis: How big brands like Tesco are drawn to ‘wild west of global supply chain’A seven-year-old girl was raped in insecure …

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Pakistani garment workers left destitute and starving after Missguided collapse

Fashion retailer’s suppliers in Pakistan have sacked hundreds without pay, as invoices for completed orders remain unpaidHundreds of garment workers in Pakistan making clothing for collapsed fast fashion brand Missguided say they have been left destitu…

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‘Worst fashion wage theft’: workers go hungry as Indian suppliers to top UK brands refuse to pay minimum wage

Shortfall of 16p a day leaves children living on just rice as suppliers to Nike, Zara and H&M in Karnataka underpay by estimated £41mGarment workers making clothes for international brands in Karnataka, a major clothing production hub in India, say…

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