Sunday, June 13, 2010
Phoney shoes: Increase in Chinese sweatshops
While David Beckham has had to take his boots off for the time being his spouse, Victoria and fellow fashionista have been seen wearing their très expensive Christian Louboutin leopard-print ankle boots. Keen not to miss out fans have clamoured to buy cheap lookalikes on the internet but it appears these faux boots are made using child labour, in shocking conditions, under the control of vicious criminal gangs. According to a recent English Sunday paper , Triad gangsters are running sweatshops disguised to look like houses and paying workers, including children as young as 10, £20 for a 90-hour week. The factories turn out thousands of pairs of fake designer shoes for shipping to the UK. Observers have reported seeing piles of shoes boxes outside buildings at Huan Jiao village , near-Guangzhou in the south east of Chin. The shoe boxes bear names like Gucci, Prada and Chanel. Other brands sold include phoney YSL, Prada, and Jimmy Choo. They all come from the same factory. According to an exert the Chinese Government are reluctant to clamp down on the trade due to the present credit crunch. The gangs behind the trade use internet addresses similar to the designers' official sites to attract customers. The fraud is estimated to be worth billions of dollars which is beginning to hurt the legitimate industry.