Boohoo scandal one year on: A look inside its Leicester factories following supplier exposé

Woman working at a sewing machine in Mine and Yours factory Leicester

One year after Alison Levitt QC’s report into the wake of the Leicester supplier scandal that engulfed Boohoo, Retail Week visits some of the factories involved to understand the impact of the revelations and the changes made as a result.

Last July, the fashion industry was shocked by reports of underpaid workers in Leicester’s garment industry, who were also labouring in unsafe conditions and without the protection expected amid a global pandemic.

Boohoo found itself at the centre of a media storm when Leicester’s dirty “open secret” came to light as some of the retailer’s suppliers were accused of modern slavery – paying as little as £3.50 per hour.

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