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Panorama - Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes

Child worker in garment factory

Panorama goes undercover to find the sweatshops making clothes for the British high street. Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees and children are working illegally in the Turkish garment industry. They are often paid very little, work in harsh conditions and have no rights.

Reporter Darragh MacIntyre discovers refugees and their children working in the supply chains of some of the best-known brands.

[Brands featured in the programme include: ASOS, Inditex, Marks & Spencer, Next, Mango - comments by brands included in the programme and in the BBC articles below]

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24 October 2016

The kids who have to sew to survive

Author: Darragh MacIntyre, BBC Panorama

I'd been told that child labour was endemic in Turkey. But I wasn't prepared for the reality of it. Or the scale of it. One basement workshop was almost entirely staffed with children, many of whom couldn't have been more than seven or eight years old, the very picture of Dickensian misery.

I was in Istanbul investigating allegations that Syrian refugees and children are being exploited by the garment industry. And specifically that many are working on clothes destined for our High Street.

This undercover investigation was unusually tricky. Secret filming is illegal in Turkey and we were halfway through our investigation when a state of emergency was declared in the country. We were routinely stopped and questioned by police. Our secret filming equipment had to be kept out of sight.

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24 October 2016

Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes

Author: BBC

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23 October 2016

Child refugees in Turkey making clothes for UK shops

Author: BBC

Many clothes are now made in Turkey because it is close to Europe and used to dealing with last-minute orders. This allows retailers to get new designs into shops more quickly than if they are made elsewhere.

But Turkey is a challenging place to do business. Concerns are rising about the exploitation of workers after the arrival of almost three million Syrian refugees.

[Article includes comments from brands]

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