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Some UK domestic workers 'earning 50p an hour'

Some foreign domestic workers in the UK are being subjected to physical and verbal abuse and the withdrawal of basic rights, an investigation for ITV's Exposure programme has found.

As politicians discuss a new law on what it calls modern slavery, ITV News presenter Julie Etchingham today spoke of some shocking stories that were uncovered during filming of tonight's programme.

She said that while some victims were forced to work up to 18 hours a day for as little as 50p an hour, for others it was even worse.

"We spoke to women who had their passports withheld, who slept on a mat on the kitchen floor, were physically and verbally abused by their employers and their employers' children," she told Good Morning Britain.

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Background: Rana Plaza factory collapse

More than 1,100 people werekilled and more than 2,500 injured after the eight-storey Rana Plaza factory building near Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed on 24th April last year.

More than 1,100 people were killed after the Rana Plaza factory collapsed. Credit: Reuters

A government investigation found that poor quality construction materials and building code violations were among the "series of irregularities" that caused the collapse inthe factory which was linked to several high street names in the UK.

A firefighter tries to control a fire at a garment factory in Savar, outskirts of Dhaka. Credit: Reuters

At least 112 people were killed when a fire swept through a garment factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital in November last year.

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Fire door padlocked shut in Bangladesh garment factory

One of the undercover workers filming in a factory in Bangladesh finds that the fire exit on her floor is padlocked.

The following morning 'Laboni' finds the door still locked: "Look this is locked. If this factory were to catch fire then will we be able to escape?"

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This is a particular worry after at least 112 people were killed when a fire swept through the Tazreen garment factory in Dhaka.

Young girl physically and verbally abused at factory

Secret filming in a factory shows physical and verbal abuse aimed at a young girl. The girl, who says she is 14-years-old is stopped by the shift supervisor from getting water, moments later he yells at the girl for failing to cut all the loose thread from a pair of jeans.

Jeans with Lee Cooper labels were seen inside the factory.

This video contains footage of a young girl being verbally and physically abused:

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Arcadia: 'No BHS goods made' at danger factory

Shirts with labels which matched those found stored in a factory in Bangladesh were found for sale in a BHS store in London's Oxford Street.

Arcadia Group, who own BHS, were told that their shirts were found stored in the Vase Apparels factory and of the conditions seen there where a fire door was padlocked shut.They said:

We have carried out a full investigation with our supplier The Fielding Group Ltd, who have categorically confirmed to us that no BHS goods have been made at Vase Apparels.It has been made known to us that the owner of Vase Apparels operates other factories in Bangladesh and some goods for BHS were stored in the factory concerned. Our Group operates in over 40 countries and arranges inspections of hundreds of factories each year. We take our responsibilities seriously in all the countries our suppliers source from.

– ARCADIA GROUP STATEMENT
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