On 20 November, the Guardian reported claims that the British government has sourced PPE from factories in China where hundreds of North Korean women have been secretly working in conditions of modern slavery. It says that findings indicate that hundreds of thousands of protective coveralls ordered for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have come from factories using North Korean labour in the Chinese city of Dandong. There is said to be evidence of North Korean labour being used in factories exporting PPE to the US, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Myanmar.
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