A woman from Brighton, Michigan discovered something when she opened her daughter’s underwear package – a small note that pleased for help.
Nicole Perez recently purchased a pack of Tinkerbell underwear on a sale during the weekend. When she eventually opened it, she was startled upon discovering a cardboard note that had the handwritten words “Help Me! Plz.” At the back of the note was the name “May Ann” along with a phone number and her location – Philippines.
Although the underwear is manufactured by New York-based Handcraft Manufacturing Corporation, the pack is clearly labeled “Made in the Philippines.”
Perez shared, “I was terrified. I just felt like everything just dropped to my stomach.”
She quickly sent an email to the manufacturer and they responded promptly, apologizing for the inconvenience and offering her a new underwear pack. Still, Perez couldn’t help but wonder who wrote the note. Was it a factory worker asking for help?
“You’re wondering if this is forced labor, if they’re just working long hours, they’re putting these underwear together and clearly someone is reaching out for help and so you think about your own kids and you hope that this isn’t the case.”
Perez tried calling the number but it couldn’t be reached. According to EliteReaders, she has decided to “send the product back to the Philippines for further investigation.”
Employee Rights In The Philippines
Like in most countries, the Philippines implements laws to protect its workers. On the website of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), it is said that “The State shall protect labor, promote full employment, provide equal work opportunity regardless of gender, race, or creed; and regulate employee-employer relations.”
Those who have any complaints may contact the Bureau of Working Conditions division of DOLE via landline (5273000 local 307 to 303) or email (email@example.com).