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The UK’s sweatshops need tough action taken against them, not tip-toeing around by officials afraid of being branded 'racist'

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Swift decisive action against those who own and operate the grim garment-making sweatshops of Leicester, where migrant workers are paid as little as £2 an hour, remains unlikely, as moves against them open up the authorities to accusations of racism.

The reaction of the local Asian community to employees being paid well below the National Living Wage is that the illegal salary is better than nothing, and that the way the garment factories operate is an “open secret”, according to a recent report.

An “open secret”? This isn’t about an office affair of which those involved think no one is aware. It’s about people, mainly immigrant Asian women, being exploited by greedy fast-fashion manufacturers selling clothes to top high-street and online stores for as much as they can, while shortchanging the staff who make them. It’s evil. Pure and simple.

If it’s such an open secret, then maybe those in the know can tell the authorities where they are and who runs them. It would be such a help. Viewing the matter as an Asian community issue that’s better left alone is not acceptable.

Where is Leicester City Council in........

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