General Article Slaves on our streets: child labour ‘staring us in the face’ in British shops, says Penny Mordaunt

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International Development Secretary warns consumers about the grim realities of the global supply chain.

By Arj Singh

The products of modern slavery “stare at us in the face” as we shop on Britain’s high streets, the International Development Secretary has said. 

Penny Mordaunt said: ‘It is possible that the clothes we wear, the electronics we use and the food we eat could be the product of child and forced labour’ in businesses’ supply chains around the world.


She set out how Britain would spend £40 million of funding pledged by Prime Minister Theresa May in September to help more than 500,000 vulnerable men, women and children who have either survived modern slavery or are at risk of becoming victims.


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