Fashion retailer Boohoo faces possible US import ban after allegations over use of slave labour

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The booming online fashion retailer Boohoo and many of its suppliers are facing the possibility of a United States import ban because of widespread allegations over the use of slave labour.

US Customs and Border Protection has seen enough evidence to launch an investigation after petitions from a campaigning British lawyer.

In a statement, Boohoo said, “over the past eight months we have been working closely with UK enforcement bodies and it is important to note that auditors and investigators who are forensically examining suppliers in Leicester have found no evidence of modern day slavery.

“We have taken action against 64 suppliers who did not meet the group’s standards in the levels of transparency that business requires.

“If we were to discover any suggestion of modern-day slavery we would immediately disclose this to relevant UK authorities.

“We are confident in the actions that we are taking to ensure that all of our products meet and exceed the CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) criteria on preventing the product of forced labour entering the US (or any of our markets).

“The Group continues to make excellent progress as it works to implement the Review’s recommendations and improve our supply chain in Leicester.”

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