UK clothes unit with Indian employees faces slavery probe

London, July 5

A clothes manufacturing facility named Jaswal Fashions primarily based within the japanese England metropolis of Leicester faces a contemporary slavery investigation after an undercover reporter alleged sweatshop-like circumstances and beneath minimal wage funds to its employees, a lot of them from India.

According to ‘The Sunday Times’, its undercover reporter discovered that employees have been being paid as little as 3.50 kilos an hour as in opposition to the UK’s authorized minimal wage of 8.72 kilos an hour and was additionally working final week throughout the localised coronavirus lockdown imposed on the town.

Won’t tolerate labour exploitation

The allegations are “truly appalling”. I can’t tolerate sick criminals forcing harmless individuals into slave labour and a lifetime of exploitation. Let this be a warning to those that are exploiting individuals in sweatshops. —Priti Patel, UK Home Secretary

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel described the allegations as “truly appalling” and recommended the undercover investigation for its function in “uncovering such abhorrent practices”. “I will not tolerate sick criminals forcing innocent people into slave labour and a life of exploitation,” stated Patel. “Let this be a warning to those who are exploiting people in sweatshops like these for their own commercial gain. This is just the start. What you are doing is illegal, it will not be tolerated and we are coming after you,” she stated. Last week, the senior Cabinet minister had directed the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) to research fashionable slavery allegations in Leicester’s clothes factories after alarm was raised that they have been a key supply of the spike in coronavirus infections within the area, which led to England’s first localised Covid-19 lockdown for the town.

“Within the last few days NCA officers, along with Leicestershire police and other partner agencies, attended a number of business premises in the Leicester area to assess concerns of modern slavery and human trafficking,” the NCA stated, which is wanting into the undercover reviews.

The newspaper’s undercover reporter spent two days at Jaswal Fashions, a manufacturing facility which provides clothes to considered one of Britain’s fastest-growing on-line retailer Boohoo. — PTI

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