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Dispatches: The Fake Trade

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This series tells the story of how counterfeiting has become the fastest rising crime of our times.

A generation ago the world’s most famous brands outsourced to the East in order to take advantage of cheap labour. Now it’s payback time as everything from toothpaste to toys, golf clubs to car parts, mobile phones to medicines and even food are being faked in industrial quantities and exported back to the first world, masquerading as the real thing.

In the modern world anything can be copied. Welcome to the fakers’ century.