CHINESE migrant workers are feared to have spread the deadly Coronavirus to Italy thanks to the Chinese-Italian leather industry.
The luxury leather bag industry was bolsterd by Chinese migrants in Northern Italy in the mid-1980s.
Most of them came from Wenzhou – also known as Wuhan – a port city south of Shanghai.
They moved to the Prato area of Italy which was a hub for mills and workshops, some of which made clothes and leather goods for the great fashion houses and many eventually set up their own factories off the books.
In 2018, New Yorker magazine reported that a non-stop flight route between Wuhan and Rome was set up and some migrants came with tourist visas, others stayed on.
Others paid smugglers huge fees, which they then had to work off, a form of indentured servitude that was enforced by the threat of violence.
The Chinese imported cheap cloth from China and turned it into what is now called pronto moda, or “fast fashion”: – polyester shirts, plasticky pants, insignia jackets.
That connection is now believed to be the cause of the horrific Coronavirus outbreak in China.