Fashion Retailers Face Inquiry Over Suspected Ties to Forced Labor in China

French prosecutors are investigating whether household names like Zara, Uniqlo and Skechers profited from exploiting Uyghurs in Xinjiang, China.

France’s antiterrorism prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into four leading fashion retailers over suspicions that they benefited from and concealed “crimes against humanity” by using forced labor by Uyghurs in China.

The investigation by the French prosecutors started last month following accusations that the four companies — Inditex, the owner of Zara; Uniqlo; Skechers; and SMCP, which owns brands like Sandro and Maje — had profited from human rights crimes in the Xinjiang region of China, a French judicial official confirmed on Friday.

The inquiry follows an April lawsuit filed against the

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