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10,000 “slaves” in Textile Workshops in England

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ENGLAND, Leicester, July 14 – Leicester has thousands of textile workshops and an outbreak of coronavirus has shone a spotlight on practices in its factories.

Up to 10,000 people are employed in conditions close to slavery in the textile workshops in Leicester, in the center of England, said a local deputy on Monday 13 July.

Interior Minister Priti Patel was moved in Parliament on Monday, denouncing “this modern scourge” and his ministry announced the investigation of these allegations by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

An outbreak of cases of the new coronavirus prompted the authorities at the end of June to extend confinement in this industrial city of the Midlands for at least two weeks and shed spotlight on practices in its factories.

According to conservative MP Andrew Brigden, interviewed by AFP, up to 10,000 people could be employed for a pittance of 2 pounds sterling (about 2.20 euros) an hour.

The Second Wave Of Coronavirus

The victims are “a mixture of locals and immigrant workers, some of whom are believed to be in illegal situations, which is why they are enslaved,” added Brigden.

The garment factories continued to operate during containment and are believed to have played a role in the second wave of contamination.

Labor Behind the Label, a worker’s rights group, said in a report that some factories were operating at full capacity during the crisis when it was “inconceivable” that they could comply with the measures recommended against the virus, such as barrier gestures, even when an employee had tested positive.

“Allegations of abuse have been around in many Leicester companies for years,” said Dominique Muller of Labor Behind the Label. According to a recent parliamentary report, Leicester, a city with high ethnic diversity, has a good thousand textile workshops. Labor Behind The Label accuses brands like Boohoo, a specialist in “Fast Fashion”, of trampling on labor law.

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840,520
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884,895
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957,421
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107,652
815,721
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792,892
50,056
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632,037
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44,158
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745,071
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708,359
18,741
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47,912
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308,845
78,563
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391,355
9,999
302,100
79,256
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373,109
12,857
297,509
62,743
Philippines
363,888
6,783
312,333
44,772
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353,426
9,513
308,446
35,467
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343,373
5,235
329,715
8,423
Pakistan
325,480
6,702
309,136
9,642
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322,879
6,043
134,898
181,938
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307,765
2,292
286,119
19,354
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253,386
10,539
21,717
221,130
Netherlands
253,134
6,873
0
246,261
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208,915
1,739
83,136
124,040
Canada
206,360
9,829
173,748
22,783
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202,579
3,851
102,204
96,524
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191,102
6,065
137,835
47,202
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182,580
3,079
151,634
27,867
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155,625
12,453
134,187
8,985
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144,872
791
99,605
44,476
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140,228
8,558
106,330
25,340
Qatar
130,210
225
127,093
2,892
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126,435
2,597
102,725
21,113
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122,398
2,206
100,051
20,141
UAE
119,132
472
111,814
6,846
Kuwait
118,531
721
109,916
7,894
Oman
111,484
1,137
97,367
12,980
Kazakhstan
109,907
1,796
105,385
2,726
Sweden
107,355
5,929
0
101,426
Portugal
106,271
2,229
63,238
40,804
Egypt
105,883
6,155
98,516
1,212
Guatemala
102,415
3,567
92,149
6,699
Costa Rica
99,425
1,236
60,738
37,451
Japan
93,933
1,679
87,107
5,147
Switzerland
91,763
2,039
54,600
35,124
Ethiopia
91,118
1,384
44,506
45,228
Honduras
91,078
2,596
36,341
52,141
Belarus
89,642
941
80,905
7,796
Venezuela
88,035
753
81,626
5,656
China
85,729
4,634
80,850
245
Bahrain
78,907
308
75,424
3,175
Armenia
70,836
1,131
49,787
19,918
Austria
69,409
925
52,617
15,867
Moldova
68,791
1,630
49,702
17,459
Lebanon
65,577
536
30,470
34,571
Uzbekistan
64,335
538
61,423
2,374
Nigeria
61,667
1,125
56,880
3,662
Singapore
57,941
28
57,821
92
Paraguay
56,819
1,250
37,673
17,896
Algeria
55,081
1,880
38,482
14,719
Kyrgyzstan
54,006
1,122
46,726
6,158
Ireland
53,422
1,868
23,364
28,190
Hungary
52,212
1,305
15,254
35,653
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
51,625
765
28,440
22,420
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48,628
427
41,935
6,266
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47,461
312
46,752
397
Azerbaijan
46,593
642
40,448
5,503
Kenya
46,144
858
32,760
12,526
Tunisia
45,892
740
5,032
40,120
Jordan
43,620
443
7,223
35,954
Afghanistan
40,626
1,505
33,831
5,290
Myanmar
39,696
972
18,865
19,859
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37,120
781
31,536
4,803
Denmark
37,003
690
30,432
5,881
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36,315
1,031
25,779
9,505
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35,330
115
8,763
26,452
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33,335
1,048
17,598
14,689
El Salvador
32,120
936
27,670
3,514
Croatia
29,850
406
22,064
7,380
Australia
27,466
905
25,159
1,402
Greece
27,334
534
9,989
16,811
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25,543
453
23,647
1,443
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24,836
862
17,905
6,069
Malaysia
22,957
199
14,931
7,827
Georgia
22,803
178
9,401
13,224
Cameroon
21,570
425
20,117
1,028
Côte d'Ivoire
20,363
121
20,070
172
Albania
17,948
462
10,341
7,145
Norway
16,964
279
11,863
4,822
Madagascar
16,810
238
16,215
357
Montenegro
16,069
250
11,815
4,004
Zambia
16,000
346
15,168
486
Slovenia
15,982
200
6,922
8,860
Senegal
15,484
321
13,975
1,188
Finland
14,071
355
9,800
3,916
Sudan
13,724
836
6,764
6,124
Namibia
12,406
133
10,587
1,686
Luxembourg
11,671
138
8,473
3,060
Guinea
11,599
70
10,461
1,068
Mozambique
11,331
79
9,165
2,087
Maldives
11,316
37
10,284
995
DRC
11,066
303
10,362
401
Uganda
10,933
98
7,154
3,681
Tajikistan
10,613
80
9,668
865
French Guiana
10,295
69
9,995
231
Haiti
8,979
231
7,303
1,445
Gabon
8,901
54
8,479
368
Jamaica
8,445
174
4,016
4,255
Angola
8,338
255
3,040
5,043
Lithuania
8,239
120
3,599
4,520
Zimbabwe
8,215
236
7,725
254
Cabo Verde
8,033
90
6,835
1,108
Mauritania
7,638
163
7,363
112
Guadeloupe
7,329
115
2,199
5,015
Cuba
6,368
127
5,814
427
Bahamas
6,051
127
3,633
2,291
Sri Lanka
5,978
13
3,501
2,464
Malawi
5,864
183
4,762
919
Swaziland
5,805
116
5,453
236
Botswana
5,609
21
915
4,673
Djibouti
5,512
61
5,387
64
Nicaragua
5,434
155
4,225
1,054
Trinidad and Tobago
5,392
101
3,822
1,469
Hong Kong
5,270
105
5,004
161
Syrian Arab Republic
5,224
257
1,629
3,338
French Polynesia
5,161
19
3,536
1,606
Congo
5,156
92
3,887
1,177
Suriname
5,150
109
4,991
50
Equatorial Guinea
5,074
83
4,954
37
Malta
5,026
46
3,331
1,649
Réunion
5,015
19
4,445
551
Rwanda
5,012
34
4,798
180
Central African Republic
4,858
62
1,924
2,872
Aruba
4,369
35
4,084
250
Estonia
4,247
71
3,366
810
Iceland
4,230
11
3,013
1,206
Mayotte
4,203
44
2,964
1,195
Latvia
3,958
49
1,357
2,552
Somalia
3,897
102
3,166
629
Guyana
3,850
116
2,839
895
Andorra
3,811
63
2,470
1,278
Thailand
3,719
59
3,514
146
Gambia
3,657
118
2,658
881
Mali
3,428
132
2,599
697
Cyprus
2,966
25
1,444
1,497
Belize
2,937
46
1,756
1,135
South Sudan
2,870
55
1,290
1,525
Uruguay
2,663
53
2,172
438
Benin
2,557
41
2,330
186
Burkina Faso
2,406
65
1,824
517
Guinea-Bissau
2,403
41
1,818
544
Sierra Leone
2,337
73
1,771
493
Martinique
2,257
24
98
2,135
Togo
2,120
51
1,561
508
Yemen
2,057
597
1,344
116
Lesotho
1,918
43
961
914
New Zealand
1,914
25
1,831
58
Chad
1,404
96
1,221
87
Liberia
1,385
82
1,276
27
Niger
1,214
69
1,128
17
Vietnam
1,144
35
1,046
63
Sao Tome and Principe
935
15
898
22
Curaçao
785
1
479
305
Channel Islands
775
48
659
68
San Marino
774
42
690
42
Sint Maarten
769
22
681
66
Diamond Princess
712
13
659
40
Turks and Caicos Islands
698
6
689
3
Gibraltar
621
0
481
140
Papua New Guinea
583
7
545
31
Burundi
550
1
497
52
Taiwan
548
7
497
44
Saint Martin
538
8
422
108
Tanzania
509
21
183
305
Comoros
504
7
494
3
Faroe Islands
488
0
473
15
Eritrea
452
0
388
64
Mauritius
419
10
379
30
Isle of Man
348
24
321
3
Bhutan
332
0
306
26
Mongolia
328
0
312
16
Cambodia
286
0
280
6
Monaco
273
2
231
40
Liechtenstein
252
1
145
106
Cayman Islands
235
1
214
20
Barbados
222
7
205
10
Bermuda
188
9
174
5
Seychelles
151
0
148
3
Caribbean Netherlands
150
3
121
26
Brunei
148
3
143
2
Antigua and Barbuda
122
3
101
18
St. Barth
77
0
66
11
British Virgin Islands
71
1
70
0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
68
0
64
4
Macao
46
0
46
0
Saint Lucia
39
0
27
12
Dominica
33
0
29
4
Fiji
33
2
30
1
Timor-Leste
29
0
28
1
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
15
12
Grenada
27
0
24
3
New Caledonia
27
0
27
0
Lao People's Democratic Republic
24
0
22
2
Saint Kitts and Nevis
19
0
19
0
Saint Pierre Miquelon
16
0
12
4
Greenland
16
0
16
0
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
13
0
13
0
Montserrat
13
1
12
0
Western Sahara
10
1
8
1
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
7
Solomon Islands
3
0
0
3
Anguilla
3
0
3
0
Wallis and Futuna
1
0
0
1
Updated on October 22, 2020 8:46 am

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