‘Parallel societies: slavery, exploitation and criminal subculture in Leicester’ is the latest report from The Centre for Social Justice and Justice and Care.

COVID-19 has put under the spotlight the fast fashion industry in Leicester East, and its exploitation of thousands of (mostly immigrant) workers.

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“They do not know the language, their entitlements, they cannot even get proper care or medical help.” – Baroness Sandip Verma

The exploitation that ranges from unsafe working conditions through to slavery; from staff being paid below the minimum wage to fraud. None of these are acceptable and must be addressed.