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PPE for Covid-19 increases development inequality

Joanne Parkinson

29th November 2020

PPE sourced from China uses women from North Korea in modern slavery conditions, an undercover Guardian report has evidenced.

Much of the PPE has been made in the Chinese city of Dandong. The women often work 18 hour days with limited free time and are under 24 hour surveillance. Sources suggest that up to 70% of earnings are then taken by the North Korean State.

The UN has banned the use of North Korean workers in other countries as there is evidence that money earned is then being sent back to the country and the government is profiting from the work.

For more on this story, check out the following article:

UK sourced PPE from factories secretly using North Korean slave labour | Global development | The Guardian

Joanne Parkinson

An experienced, outstanding Geography teacher, GCSE examiner and Head of Humanities in a 11-18 school. I'm passionate about all geographical events and am a keen blogger.

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