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Fashion e-retailer Shein has taken the internet by storm with its trendy and cheap clothing, giving fellow fast-fashion behemoths like Zara and H&M a run for their money. However, this climb to popularity has involved a number of less-ethical business practices.
Shein’s contentious reputation was further put to the test recently, when photos and videos of packages with pleas for help written on clothing labels began circulating online.
A TikTok clip that first made its rounds in late May and accumulated 6.5 million likes shows a piece of paper with the words “help me plz” on it. Along with that was “HELP ME” on a mailing label and a written note saying “SOS! SOS! SOS!”
Other reported pleas for help came in the form of a message from someone saying they were suffering dental pain, as well as the word “Help” written on FedEx boxes. A tweet posted by @yuutamybeloved_ also showed a care label with the words “NEED YOUR HELP” printed amid the text.
These incited calls to boycott Shein, prompting the website to dismiss the messages as most likely fake.
Recently, several videos were posted on TikTok that contain misleading and false information about SHEIN. We want to make it very clear that we take supply chain matters seriously. Our strict Code of Conduct prohibits suppliers from using child or forced labor and we do not tolerate non-compliance.
“We want to make it very clear that we take supply chain matters seriously. Our strict Code of Conduct prohibits suppliers from using child or forced labor and we do not tolerate non-compliance,” says the company.
The next time you receive a package, check the label.