facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

China shuts down purse counterfeiters

April 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM   |   Comments

GUANGZHOU, China, April 1 (UPI) -- Chinese police said Sunday they had shut down an underground factory that was allegedly making counterfeit designer handbags.

The raid took place in late March at an office building in a suburb of Guangzhou where more than 60 workers produced thousands of knockoff Prada and Chloe bags.

Lin Jingcheng, head of the inspection team from China's commerce bureau, estimated the black market value of the seized merchandise at more than 60 million yuan ($9.6 million).

China's official Xinhua news agency said Guangzhou has long been a center of the nation's legitimate leather-goods industry and a thriving underground for counterfeiting. The nation's growing middle class has fueled demand for fake designer goods, which Xinhua says are often of good quality.

"The vanity surrounding luxury goods drives up demand and keeps the underground workshops afloat," Lin said.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama
2
U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State
3
Russian currency crashes Russian currency crashes
4
Ottawa assault: PM went to closet, MPs made spears from flagpoles Ottawa assault: PM went to closet, MPs made spears from flagpoles
5
[UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot [UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback