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And so, Fuck buddy arroyo grande business class dreamed, Italy would sell quality, not quantity. And then, China came. Chinese laborers, first a few immigrants, then tens of thousands, began settling in Prato in the late s.
Here in the heart of Tuscany, Chinese laborers work round the clock in some 3, businesses making low-end clothes, shoes and accessories, often with materials imported from China, for sale at midprice and low-end retailers worldwide. The result is a toxic combination of residual fears about immigration and the economy. Profits of that magnitude are not showing up in tax records, and some local officials say the Chinese prefer to repatriate their profits rather than invest locally.
The authorities also say that Chinese and probably Italian organized crime is on the rise, involving not Scottsboro AL bi horny wives illegal fabric imports, but also human trafficking, prostitution, gambling and money laundering.
The rest of Italy is watching closely.
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Instead, some argue, they have helped rescue Prato from total economic irrelevance, another way of saying that if the Italian state fails to innovate and modernize the economy, somebody else just.
If anything, they brought lots of jobs to Italians. Italian officials say the Chinese government has not done enough so far to address the issue of illegal immigrants, and they are seeking a bilateral accord with China to identify and deport. Some Prato residents suspect that the flood of immigrants is part of a strategy by Beijing to exploit the Italian market, though the Chinese government does not generally use illegal migrants to carry out its overseas development plans.
Image Credit Resentment runs high. But the office estimates the city has an additional 25, illegal immigrants, a majority of virgin pussy florence sc Chinese.
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Yet in Prato, the Chinese have managed to create an entirely new economy from scratch in a matter of years. A common technique used, often with the aid of knowledgeable Italian tax consultants and lawyers, is to open a business, close it before the tax police can catch up, then reopen the Local swingers in Marked tree Arkansas workspace with a new tax code.
Public schools are increasingly filled with Chinese pupils.
Hypocrisy abounds. Here, shop s in Chinese and Italian advertise wedding photography, hardware, electronics and gambling parlors.
Outside a supermarket selling foodstuffs imported from China, an electronic job board flashes a running ticker of garment-industry jobs. By buying in relatively small quantities and taking advantage of the fluid borders of the European Union, most manage to avoid paying import tariffs.
On a recent afternoon, a couple from Montenegro loaded racks of cotton summer dresses into boxes in the back of their van. Shira Cohen for The New York Times Just blocks away, Li Zhang, who immigrated to Swingers Personals in Amador city in from Wenzhou, a city in southeastern China known for its global network of entrepreneurs, explained how his clothing company, Luma, produced on-demand fashion.
He showed off bolts of fabric, which he said he bought locally or in India or China. Asked if his subcontractors used illegal labor, Mr.
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Zhang said, he has exported clothes to 30 countries, including China, Mexico, Venezuela, Jordan and Lebanon. He said that his biggest order was for the Italian retailer Piazza Italia, but that he had also sold to wholesalers who said they had sold to Zara, Mango, Top Shop and Guess, European retailers specializing in bargain chic.
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Zhang said. At first, they left us too free. Now they are tightening things too. Cenni is a former president and a current shareholder of Go-Fin, a Prato holding company that is behind several midrange Italian fashion companies.
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At least one of these, Sasch, has moved much of its production to China within the last 10 years. Powerless to reverse the broader economic currents, the mayor has instead focused on small initiatives, including new rules that Tallahassee free single mature dating drying fish on balconies and require all Prato shopkeepers to speak Italian.
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The police rounded up the workers in the courtyard. A woman in plastic flip-flops carried a black bucket filled with urine downstairs, accompanied by a Ripped vegan diet women boy wearing only underwear.
Next door, the police brought some Chinese workers in a small, windowless bedroom to be identified. A woman in a blue T-shirt sat on the bed and sobbed uncontrollably.