In the photo: Boohoo co-founder Mahmud Kamani celebrates with the boss of the “sweatshop”

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The billionaire co-founder of Boohoo was photographed during an evening with the director of the fast fashion supplier accused of not having paid the minimum salary of his staff.

Mahmud Kamani and his wife Aisha attended the party with Asheem Sobti in 2017, one of the many times that families socialized.

Mr. Sobti, 51, is the director of a company with which Boohoo broke up relations last week when the staff were paid too little and the bosses did not protect them from the coronavirus.

A photograph emerged from Mahmut Kamani (photo on the right), the billionaire co-founder of Boohoo, with Asheem Sobti (second on the left) the director of the fast fashion supplier accused of not having paid the minimum wages of his staff

Boohoo launched an “immediate investigation” saying he was “shocked and dismayed” by revelations that workers in Leicester had been paid as little as £ 3.50 an hour.

In a press release, he said that his supplier Revolution Clothing had commissioned another Morefray Limited company to fill an order for his brand Nasty Gal.

Asheem Sobti is the sole director of Revolution Clothing, while the only director of Morefray is Siddharth Sobti, 18, who is said to be a parent.

Boohoo ended his relationship with the two companies saying they had violated his code of conduct.

He didn’t mention the relationship between the Kamanis and the Sobti family, but the family social media profiles show many photos of members of the Kamani and Sobti families together.

In 2014, a photo shows Asheem Sobti receiving an award on behalf of Mr. Kamani, 55, at the 2014 Asian Achievers Awards.

There are also photos of Ms. Kamani on vacation with members of the Sobti family for the past four years.

The previously undisclosed relationship between the Kamanis, who hold a £ 430 million stake in Boohoo, and the two suppliers will raise other governance concerns as the family seeks to restore the brand’s reputation.

Billionaire M. Karmani (photo) holds £ 430 million in Boohoo and lives in a detached detached house in Cheshire, with a pair of stone lions on either side of the front door

Billionaire M. Karmani (photo) holds £ 430 million in Boohoo and lives in a detached detached house in Cheshire, with a pair of stone lions on either side of the front door

It has been claimed that Leicester staff working for Mr Sobti’s youngest company Morefray had been paid as little as £ 3.50 in a factory and had not been asked to follow the rules of social distancing .

Interior Minister Priti Patel said the presumed conditions in the city were “really appalling” while critics said the reality of the sweatshirt making industry in Leicester was an “open secret” ” since many years.

Fashion seller FTSE100 Next, online rivals Asos and Zalando have since announced that they have removed Boohoo products from their websites while awaiting investigation.

Boohoo has launched an independent investigation led by a leading lawyer, Alison Levitt QC, and has pledged £ 10 million to end “professional misconduct”.

He said: “We want to make sure that the actions of a few do not continue to undermine the excellent work of many suppliers in the region. “

The firm added that its “investigation to date has found no evidence of suppliers paying £ 3.50 an hour to workers”.

But one of its major shareholders, Standard Life Aberdeen, said the response to the allegations was “inadequate” and sold £ 75 million in shares.

The Kamanis live in a detached detached house in Cheshire, with a pair of stone lions on each side of the front door, purchased for £ 1.3 million in 2004.

The owner of Boohoo (left) has been photographed with other famous faces in the past, including Snoop Dogg (second left alongside Carol Kane and Samir Kamani)

The owner of Boohoo (left) has been photographed with other famous faces in the past, including Snoop Dogg (second left alongside Carol Kane and Samir Kamani)

Their children’s social media profiles also show photos of a luxurious lifestyle with models and private planes taken from a plethora of exotic locations.

Likewise, Mr. Sobti, who lives with his wife in a £ 1 million closed house in Bramhall, Manchester, and last week had four cars parked in the car, including two Mercedes and a Bentley.

A report from Labor Behind the Label, an apparel workers’ rights group, said that Boohoo and its sister brands accounted for almost 80% of production in Leicester.

A company spokesperson said, “Boohoo terminated supplier relationships with both Revolution Clothing Co Limited and Morefray Limited on July 7, 2020, due to non-compliance with the group’s code of conduct found during compliance visits by the group’s third party audit team. .

“Some directors and former directors of the two companies are indeed well known to members of the Kamani family, but this did not affect the suppliers’ compliance with the boohoo code of conduct.”

The Sobti family was asked for comments.

Illegal work allowed to flourish “for fear of racism”

By Richard Marsden for the Daily Mail

According to a deputy, the illegal conditions in the sweatshops in Leicester may have persisted due to the “racial sensitivities” of the officials.

Mass exploitation has been an “open secret” for years, a report revealing that up to 90 percent of workers are not paid minimum wages.

Over the past five years, there have been four separate reports – including two by parliamentary committees – acknowledging a poor working environment, very low wages and the exploitation of vulnerable migrants in conditions of slavery.

A lawmaker revealed that the illegal conditions in the Leicester sweatshops (photo) were allowed to persist due to officials'

A lawmaker revealed that the illegal conditions in the Leicester sweatshops (photo) were allowed to persist due to officials’ “racial sensitivity”. It was discovered that workers for this Boohoo factor in Leicester earn £ 4 an hour

Yesterday, the HMRC – which is investigating violations of the minimum wage law – was criticized after action was taken against only six garment factories in the city between 2012 and 2018.

A Home Office source told The Sunday Times, “The HMRC has been asleep on this issue for ages. They are too busy chasing Ms. Miggins. They don’t do enough.

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen compared the inability to clean up underground workshops to the inability to prey on child sex gangs in cities like Bradford and Rotherham out of fear of racism.

Bridgen, who represents north-west Leicestershire, said: “There has been a total systemic failure of the organizations supposed to protect the public and those who work in these factories. Part of this is due to racial sensitivities, and the same as the situation of child abuse.

Former North West Chief Crown Prosecutor Nazir Afzal, who led child care gang prosecutions in Rochdale, said, “I think the desire for cultural sensitivity played a role in this that we saw in Leicester, but there are also other problems. The wider problems are that the authorities do not have the resources [to investigate]. ‘

Labor MP for Leicester East, Claudia Webbe, said: “It’s an open secret that no one paid attention to when I raised the issue in my first speech in March. Nothing is ever done there.

Concerns over sweatshops in Leicester have resurfaced after fears of a coronavirus resurgence in the city could be linked to working conditions in the clothing factories used by internet retailers, including Boohoo.

The first report documenting poor working conditions was published in 2015 by the University of Leicester.

He describes “excessive working hours, poor health and safety, health problems, verbal abuse, bullying, threats and humiliation”.

Leicester East Labor MP Claudia Webbe (photo) said she raised the issue in March, but no one did anything about it.

Leicester East Labor MP Claudia Webbe (photo) said she raised the issue in March, but no one did anything about it.

The report, chaired by academic Dr. Nik Hammer, attributed the outsourcing to small, unregulated factories and pressure in the industry to keep costs to a minimum.

Failure to pay the national minimum wage of £ 8.72 per hour was “rampant”. The average salary was £ 3, applying to “75 to 90 percent of the jobs”.

Immigrants made “vulnerable” because of their poor English and lack of residency status were exploited, the workforce being “regularly replenished” through new arrivals.

A 2017 report from the Joint Parliamentary Human Rights Committee found that human rights violations were “rampant” in the clothing industry in Leicester.

The same year, a report by the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership – a committee of business leaders and advisers – highlighted the same problems.

And in 2019, the parliamentary environmental audit committee found that factories “still break the law to maximize profits.”

Leicester City Council has declared that it has no power to verify working conditions inside a building, to apply the minimum wage or to control the legality of the workforce.

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