LONDON – A new report which delves into the state-of-play in Turkish apparel manufacturing facilities reports that Syrian refugees, of which 650,000 are employed in menial jobs throughout its supply chains, are exploited in the name of fast fashion; with short-term brand commitments, price pressures and unrealistic turnaround periods crippling workers who are subsequently underpaid, and in cases victims of abuse.

The Price You Pay: How Purchasing Practices Harm Turkey’s Garment Workers, published by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre in the UK, has uncovered that while Turkey’s apparel trade is booming, it comes at the compromise of its largely undocumented Syrian workforce.

The report says that while brands speak publicly of their diligence in snuffing out malpractice in their supply chains, their purchasing demands are in fact forcing these issues into being.

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