Quick accused of human trafficking | RetailDetail

Quick accused of human trafficking

Quick accused of human trafficking

The Brussels indictment division has referred hamburger chain Quick to the criminal court for illegal employment, social security violations and human trafficking.



According to the court, Quick gets its restaurants cleaned by illegal workers who were exploited. The inquiry started back in 2006 with a first series of checks. Cleaners worked long hours and were severely underpaid. All facts date from a period between 2006 and 2011.


Originally, some 25 franchisees were also being sued, but only a few of these were referred to the criminal court as mainly Quick and the cleaning companies' management will have to answer to the court.


Reports about the use of Pakistani cleaning companies which exploited their employees date back 13 years ago. Staff was forced to work 7 nights a week for measly wages. At that time, Quick was not blamed, even though the chain promised to do background checks on its cleaning crew.


Quick was caught red-handed again in 2007, while abuses were also registered in several restaurants in 2011. That is why it was decided, in 2012, to bring Quick and the restaurateurs to court. It is that criminal investigation which has now brought Quick to the criminal court.

Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact the editors

C&A expands web shop to 11 new countries


Clothing chain C&A introduced another eleven countries to its web shop, instantly more than doubling the range of its online activities.

New Esprit CEO hails from New Look


Fashion chain Esprit will get a new CEO: Jose Manuel Martínez will leave the company and pass on the baton to Anders Kristiansen. New Look’s former CEO has to bring growth to Esprit, particularly through ambitious plans for China.

Dior exchanges Belgian CFO for British one


After eleven years as Dior Homme’s Chief Creative Officer, Belgian Kris Van Assche is to leave the fashion label to find new challenges. British designer Kim Jones will replace him.

Suitcase brand Rimowa cancels all dealer contracts


Suitcase brand Rimowa, part of luxury group LVMH since 2016, has stopped all of its dealer contracts. It wants to initiate a new procedure soon and only a fraction of the current dealers will get a new contract.

H&M disappoints once again


Swedish fashion chain Hennes & Mauritz had to present less than favourable results for its new fiscal year: investor trust has dwindled, now that sales in its home territory have also dropped for the first time in decades.

Bureau of Competition approves Yoox Net-a-Porter bid


The Italian Bureau of Competition has approved Swiss Richemont’s acquisition of Italian fashion webshop Yoox Net-a-Porter. The full bid, yet to be accepted, values the company at 2.7 billion euro.

Back to top