A six-year-old girl who found a message from a prisoner in China inside a Tesco Christmas card has said she “thought it was a prank”.
Florence Widdicombe told Sky News Africa “it was really weird” to find the note in the charity card.
The message read: “We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu prison China. Forced to work against our will. Please help us and notify human rights organisation.”
Tesco said it was shocked by the find and had started an investigation, and has also stopped working with the Chinese factory where the card – decorated with a kitten wearing a Santa hat – was made.
The message inside named the former journalist Peter Humphrey as a contact, who spent two years in the same prison.
Florence, who lives with her family in Tooting, London, said: “I was sitting down at the table writing my cards to my friends when I opened one and started laughing because someone had already written in the card.
“Then I passed it on to my mum. It took an hour to get our heads round it because we thought it was a prank.”