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LONDON – A new report has warned of the risks of cotton that was picked using forced labour in Turkmenistan finding its way into apparel global supply chains. It is claimed clothing with a ‘Made in Turkey’ tag could inadvertently be supporting, “a massive scale system of forced labour,” due to the close political and economic ties of the two countries. Turkmenistan exports more than US$300m of cotton and textiles to Turkey every year, using the country as the main gateway for its cotton products to the global supply chains. It is claimed that once in Turkey, textile products containing Turkmen cotton find their way through global markets and end up being sold on the high street.

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