By Christy Strawser
BRIGHTON (CBS Detroit) – Handcraft Manufacturing has managers at all 20 factories it utilizes in the Philippines today, inspecting and going through lists of past and current workers, trying to find a mystery woman who could have put a note in underwear asking for help.
They’re reacting swiftly after a Brighton woman reached out to the FBI, and the media, following an incident where she opened a package of Tinkerbell children’s underwear and found a note inside on a slip of cardboard.
It said, “Help Me! Plz.” It included the name “MayAnn,” said “location: Philippines” and had a phone number. WXYZ broke the story last night.
No one answered the phone number inside 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 kids and you hope that this isn’t the case,” Perez told WXYZ.
Handcraft Manufacturing in New York City manufactures the character-themed underwear for children with a license from Disney for the character images. Marshall Mizrahi, vice president of Handcraft, told CBS Detroit they’re doing everything they can to track down MayAnn.
But the common name, uncertain date, and lack of information about which factory produced the underwear makes it a difficult task, he said.