Forced labour: clothing brands have the chance to press China amid post-virus slowdown, rights advocate says

It is chilling to think that many of us have at least one item of clothing in our wardrobes made by forced Uygur labour.

As consumers, it is a difficult issue to police. Nearly a quarter of the world’s raw cotton is turned into fabric in Xinjiang, a region in China where the Uygur minority group are persecuted and – according to human rights organisations – some are made to work in apparel factories against their will.

Hundreds of global companies buy cotton and make goods in Xinjiang,…

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