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Great Britain. The woman found a Chinese prisoner’s ID card wearing a new coat

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A woman living in Derbyshire, UK, found an ID card probably belonging to a Chinese prisoner in her new coat. The British woman immediately reported the matter to the customer service office. The brand assures that no regulations were violated in the production of the clothes.

The case was described by the British “Guardian”. A resident of Derbyshire in England bought a Regatta coat online last week. When she received the package on November 22 and tried on the coat, she felt something hard, rectangular in shape in the lining of the right sleeve. She decided to cut this place open to remove the object. Then she saw a document resembling an ID card with a photo of a man dressed in what appeared to be a prison uniform, standing in front of a height chart. The card bore the name of a Chinese prison and the caption “Produced by the Bureau of Prisons of the Ministry of Justice.”

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British woman felt “uncomfortable”

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The woman revealed that she reported the matter to the company’s customer service office, sending a photo of the document and asked if it was a prison ID. “No, it’s a Chinese service ID from our factory in China, but you’re right that it looks like a prison ID,” was the reply. The person responding also allegedly recommended getting rid of the document, which the woman did.

The Guardian’s interlocutor claims that the company later sent her a message asking her to return both the document and the coat, and offered to exchange the clothes and provide an additional one “as a gesture of goodwill.” The woman was supposed to refuse, but she decided to take the document out of the basket anyway. However, Regatta denies offering a new coat in exchange for an ID document.

– You don’t expect such things from Regatta. It’s a British brand (…) that you dress your children in, and when something like that happens, you feel really uncomfortable and uncomfortable, the British woman said in an interview with the Guardian. – I know that v China it is legal (prisoner labor – ed.), and in Great Britain we have different standards (…). Still, prisoners are not expected to produce clothes, she said.

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The brand claims that no regulations were violated

Regatta’s standards include information that “forced or prison labor is prohibited” in its activities. In turn, the prison whose name appears on the document states on its website that it specializes in the production of clothing and processing components for electronic devices.

“Regatta treated the matter reported by the client very seriously and ordered the initiation of an immediate investigation. (…) we apply strict rules to ensure ethical work standards for everyone and we do not tolerate forced or prison labor,” said the company’s spokesman. “After conducting a detailed investigation, we can announce that this clothing was produced in the factory in full compliance with the regulations, and numerous factory inspections (…) did not reveal any violations of our rules,” he pointed out. He added that an investigation is underway as to how the document got inside the coat.

It is unclear whether it was an accident or an intentional act. The Guardian notes that products manufactured in China and exported to the rest of the world sometimes contain notes from Chinese prisoners. “If an inmate put it on a coat he was working on, the purpose is to tell people abroad that the article was made by inmates,” says Peter Humphrey, a former journalist who spent almost two years in prison in Shanghai.

Main photo source: Maxx-Studio/Shutterstock

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