Police and local councils avoid fighting illegal sweatshirts because of fears of being classified as racist, the Interior Minister believes.
Priti Patel is considering introducing new laws on modern slavery, according to The Sunday Times, given concerns about some suppliers’ working conditions for so-called fast-fashion companies.
Fashion company Boohoo appointed a top lawyer to investigate allegations that factories involved in the manufacture of his clothing paid below the minimum wage and violated safety rules.
The board said it was “shocked and horrified” by the allegations made in the Sunday Times last weekend.
The paper reported that Ms. Patel was concerned that the agencies had ignored exploitation in Leicester’s textile stores and factories because of fears of “cultural sensitivity.”
Boohoo had wiped more than £ 1 billion off its stock in two days after an article claimed that workers in a Leicester factory that made clothing for Boohoo were paid only £ 3.50 an hour.