A mother from Detroit is attempting to determine how a note that read ‘help me’ and was tucked away in her daughter’s underpants got there in the first place.
Following the purchase of some Disney-themed children’s clothing for her daughter, Nicole Perez stumbled found the message that was left behind.
A New York corporation that distributes the apparel and whose items are created in the Philippines is currently conducting an investigation into the note because it was received by the company.
The underwear featuring Tinkerbell was acquired at a mom-to-mom sale that took place over the last weekend.
She had the impression that she was simply getting a fantastic deal, so she wasn’t prepared for the note that was inside the package when she opened it.
The words “Help me!” were handwritten onto a piece of cardboard, and it was taped to the wall. Plz.’ On the back of the paper was written the name ‘MayAnn,’ which belonged to a woman.
There was also a phone number mentioned, along with the words ‘Location: Philippines.’
The undergarments are designed in the Philippines and then brought to New York, where they are produced by Handcraft Manufacturing Corporation.
“I was shaking with fear. According to what Ms. Perez said to WXYZ, “I just felt like everything just sank to my stomach.”
She sent an email to the manufacturer, who responded very immediately with an apology and an offer to send her a fresh pack of underpants.
After she emailed the people who made the clothes, they responded by offering to give her a new pair of Tinkerbell panties at no cost.
Ms. Perez was left feeling unsettled and frightened, but her primary worry was directed toward the woman who had written the note.
‘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 children and you hope that this isn’t the case,’ Ms. Perez said.
‘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.’
She made the decision to dial the number, but no one picked up the phone.
According to the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan, the number might be for a pre-paid smartphone, which are typically impossible to track down.
In addition to this, they have stated that there are labor rules in place in the Philippines to safeguard the employees working in the textile companies.
According to Irwin Mizrahi, the president of Handcraft Manufacturing, which is the company that manufactures the children’s apparel, the note seems like it was written by a factory worker.
He has stated that an investigation will be conducted by the corporation into the origin of the memo as well as the veracity of the allegations of abuse.