British grocer Tesco’s slavery review reports abuses in Malaysia

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FILE PHOTO – Signage is seen outside a Tesco extra superstore near Manchester, Britain January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – U.K.-based multinational groceries chain Tesco PLC (TSCO.L) has found abuses against migrant workers at its stores and distribution centres in Malaysia and Thailand, it said in its annual modern slavery statement.

The company listed allegations based on interviews with 168 migrant workers in Malaysia and 187 in Thailand that included passport retention, unexplained and illegal wage reductions, heavy indebtedness to labour brokers and excessive overtime work.

In Malaysia, the passports of 68 Indonesian and 171

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