Letter: Sweatshop workers

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Someone has to pay for the temples to the gods of retailing in the form of the latest shopping malls. Marble pillars and floors don't come cheaply.

It is not only the consumer in "rip-off Britain" who is the loser: mark- ups on garments of 600 per cent are not uncommon. However, we only lose money. It is the young poor of the Far East who are robbed of their childhoods and young adult lives.

Retailers cannot hide from their responsibilities and should support ethical trading.