Next time you think you’re getting a bargain, think again because appearances can be deceiving.
Police in South China recently confiscated over 100 tons of clothing that had been discarded in western countries. There were as many as five containers of these tainted clothes which were found piled up outside a packaging firm in Waizhou in Shenzhen.
After simply being cleaned and ironed, the clothes were packaged and fraudulently sold as imported items. Looking neat and available for cheap prices, they seem to be original labels for bargain prices. However, they were sourced from junkyards and some were even taken from mortuaries.
Despite the Chinese authorities’ ban on importing foreign waste, based on ecological and public health reasons, this unethical trade is too lucrative to resist. Importers can profit in two ways: Being paid for dumping the trash, and selling the trash as imported goods.
No wonder Shenzhen police confiscated over 2,000 tons of 6 types of imported waste last year!
Research by Iris