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Low-cost clothing at Brent Cross? Bargains at Wembley's 'London Designer Outlet'? Sale at Westfield? Once-only prices in Oxford Street?

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"Almost a year after more than 1100 workers were killed when a Bangladesh garment factory collapsed, firms making cheap high street clothes are still using child labour, beating staff, ignoring fire safety rules and threatening trade union members with murder, new investigations have revealed.

"An undercover investigation by ITV’s Exposure series shows secretly filmed footage of children being slapped hard in the face by supervisors for not working hard enough. One young girl was called 'whore' while another was called a 'daughter of a pig' and threatened with sexual violence.

"... Some of the factories targeted by Exposure were producing clothes for British retailers Lee Cooper, BHS and JD Williams. All three companies said the factories were not authorised to do so."

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ITV: "Fashion designer Katharine Hamnett says 'most of our clothes are covered in blood'"

"Fashion designer Katherine Hamnett has said that the evidence of mistreatment of factory workers in Bangladesh uncovered by an ITV Exposure investigation shows the fashion industry is 'a stinking business and most of our clothes are covered in blood'.

"... The designer is calling on the EU to take decisive action against companies who fail to ensure that workers making their clothes in countries like Bangladesh are adequately protected"
"There should be penalties enforced within our economic blocks if there are transgressions by brands and there should be penalties that hurt - we're not talking about £20,000, they spend that on champagne in a night. It needs to be £5-million, £10-million."

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