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This is not an isolated case. According to the Brazilian government, the two Sao Paulo workshops in which illegal immigrants were manufacturing clothes for Zara in conditions bordering on slavery are just the tip of the iceberg. The South American giant’s Labor Ministry says that at least 33 other workshops subcontracted by the Galician firm would have detected the same irregularities: overcrowding, unhealthy working conditions and wages of misery . But the multinational Inditex, owner of Zara, insists that this is an “exceptional situation,” according to El Confidencial, an official spokesman for the textile group founded by Amancio Ortega .