Message in a pocket
A shopper has found a "cry for help" note inside a pair of Primark trousers alleging slave labour conditions in a Chinese prison.
The note, wrapped in a prison identity card, claimed inmates were forced to work 15 hours a day making clothes.
The note, translated into English, reads: "SOS! SOS! SOS! We are prisoners at Xiangnan jail in Hubei, China.
"For a long time, we have been producing clothing for export. We work for 15 hours each day. What we eat is even worse than food for pigs and dogs. The work we do is similar to (the hard work) that oxen and horses do.
"We urge the international community to denounce China for this inhumane act," the note said.
The note inside the trousers
The BBC reports that Karen Wisínska bought the trousers in Primark's Belfast store in June 2011 but had never worn them. She discovered the note just last week.
"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," she said.
"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."
A Primark spokesperson said the firm has begun an immediate investigation adding that, "Nine inspections of the supplier have been carried out by Primark's ethical standards team since 2009. To be clear, no prison or other forced labour of any kind was found during these inspections."
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