F/town police net tons of fakes in Chinese shops

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FRANCISTOWN: Workers were sent home last week as Chinese shops closed temporarily following a raid by police looking for counterfeit goods. The police carted away several boxes of contraband leaving some shops empty while others only had a few items hanging on the rails.

Like other places in Botswana, Chinese shops in Francistown stock fake good with labels such as Nike, Polo, Levis, Lacoste, Puma and Adidas. After the raid, some of the items police confiscated include jerseys of popular soccer clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, shoes, boots, jackets and trousers. Some of the items were as cheap as P30. The shops also sell pirated DVDs, software and electronic equipment. 

The police raided the Chinese shops along Blue Jacket Street and carted away large boxes and 50kg sacks full of clothes after representatives of manufacturers in South Africa had identified the clothes and said they are counterfeits from China.

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