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Big fashion brands are failing to protect Syrian refugees from "endemic" abuse in Turkish clothing factories supplying European retailers, a monitoring group said Tuesday.Almost 3 million refugees – more than half aged under 18 – have fled to Turkey to escape war in Syria.A Reuters investigation this year found evidence of Syrian refugee children in Turkey working in clothes factories in illegal conditions. A BBC Panorama investigation broadcast Monday found that Syrian refugee children had been working in factories making clothes for British high street retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) and online store ASOS.The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre said many brands justified inaction on labour exploitation by denying the existence of refugees of any age in their supply chains.In its survey, drawn up with trade unions and rights advocates, only nine brands reported that they had found unregistered Syrian refugees on factory floors.Until this year, Syrians were not entitled to work permits, so many refugees worked informally.
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