Another Shopper Finds a Plea for Help from Factory Worker

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Another shopper has reportedly discovered a note from a factory worker in article of clothing purchased from Primark.


Karen Wisínska said she found in the note in a pair of pants she purchased in June 2011, which she had stored and not worn until recently. According to UTV, Wisínska posted the pictures to her Facebook and contacted Amnesty International when she found the note:

According to Amnesty, it reads: "We are prisoners in the Xiang Nan Prison of the Hubei Province in China. Our job inside the prison is to produce fashion clothes for export.

"We work 15 hours per day and the food we eat wouldn't even be given to dogs or pigs. We work as hard as oxen in the field.

"We call on the international community to condemn the Chinese government for the violation of our human rights!"

This is the third time within a week shoppers have reported finding notes from workers in their clothes. Earlier this week, a woman in Wales reported finding a note in a $10 dress from Primark which read "forced to work exhausting hours." Rebecca Jones also found a note in a similar dress from Primark which read "degrading sweatshop conditions."

Primark has admitted to utilizing factory workers at the Rana Plaza factory, where 1,135 garment workers died last year. The company responded to the most recent discovery in a statement to the BBC:

"These three-quarter crop trousers were last ordered by Primark in early 2009 and were last sold in Northern Ireland in October 2009. We find it very strange that this has come to light so recently, given that the trousers were on sale four years ago. We will be contacting the customer to obtain the trousers, so we can investigate how this occurred and whether there are issues which need to be looked into. 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," the statement said.


Primark said it is launching an immediate investigation into the matter.

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That's a really long note to leave in a pair of pants - how did she not notice it when she bought them? The other messages were at least short enough to fit on a tag, this one sounds like a post-it note.
The conditions garment workers endure are terrible and people need to know the human cost behind their bargains. But I worry that if this is all a hoax, people might begin to turn a blind eye to those conditions.