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Vile factory chiefs pay ‘100,000’ modern-day slaves as little as £2 an hour and make them work in ‘atrocious’ conditions

Vile factory chiefs pay ‘100,000’ modern-day slaves as little as £2 an hour and make them work in ‘atrocious’ conditions

VILE factory chiefs pay £2 an hour to workers forced to operate in “atrocious” conditions.

The modern-day slaves cram into rat-infested units and work 70 hours a week making garments.

An East Midlands factory making clothes for the hugely profitable Boohoo and Nasty Gal labels

In Leicester alone, the owners are also robbing the economy of £10million a week by dodging taxes and making false furlough claims.

The “lawless state” is revealed by the Centre for Social Justice.

The think tank’s report reveals mostly migrant workers are trafficked by gangs with the fear of deportation making them scared to reveal abuses. The study follows reports of a Leicester factory paying illegally low wages and flouting safety.

It was claimed up to 100,000 people could be exploited.

The latest report states: “None of this is acceptable.”

Rats and hot beds

THE shameful conditions in the Centre for Social Justice report include:

  • Rat-infested units have bricked-in windows, no fire escapes and doors boarded up with card.
  • Houses practise “hot-bedding” with one worker sleeping a few hours then vacating it for another.
  • No hand sanitiser, meaning Covid-19 rates must be “significant”.
  • Faked payslips show wrong working hours.
  • Managers tip each other off about raids.
Times Newspapers Ltd

Screengrab from a Sunday Times investigation into BooHoo and Nasty Gal clothing manufacturing[/caption]

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