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Girl finds Chinese ‘cry for help’ in Primark socks

Shopper finds a pleading note allegedly from a prisoner folded into her dad’s pair of socks

Last year a Primark shopper found a disturbing label sewn into a £10 dress she’d bought from the store reading “Forced to work exhausting hours”. Soon after another shopper found another SOS message in a piece of clothing from the shop. Now another cry for help has been found in a piece of Primark clothing – this time from someone in a Chinese prison.

A girl found a pleading note allegedly from a prisoner in China folded into her dad’s pair of socks. The letter, written in Mandarin on Chinese brand Ruitai paper, claims to be from a 39-year-old prisoner called Ting Kun Ding from Anhui Province. “It was folded up in the bottom of one of the socks, which my dad found upon putting them on,” Lucy Kirk told Metro.

There’s no word yet whether this is a hoax or the real deal but Primark have said they’re investigating. “I have been in touch with Primark, but some information I wasn’t willing to give them,” Lucy said. “I felt if I gave them too much information on the product they would be able to track this and there would be consequences for workers.”

The note from “Ting Kun Ding” read as follows: “To everyone who supports justice, please help. My name is Ting Kun Ding, a 39-year-old male. I am a resident in Anhui Province (address). Due to the corruption of my local government, I was accused of “kidnapping” on June 29 and have been in a prison until this day. My wife is locked up in a mental institute. On May 22 2014, my dad was murdered in a hospital. Whoever is reading this, I hope you can pass this message to our President Xi Jinping through the media. Local governments are extremely corrupt and are going against the principles and policies of our federal government, covering up all their faults and accusing innocents of illegal matter. I stand my ground with our federal government and hope Xi Jinping protect the country’s people.” He also adds that he has been tortured mentally and physically in prison.

A Primark spokesperson told Metro: “Primark has had hoaxes of this type before, but we take this very seriously and are investigating. The standards in its supply chain are very important to Primark, and we work hard to ensure our products are made in good working conditions, and that the people making them are treated properly and paid a fair wage. Whilst we have been the subject of a number of hoaxes, we will always investigate the allegation.”