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Kinderslavernij at garenproductie in India

Kinderslavernij at garenproductie in India

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In the production of yarn for clothing of western brands, children are used. New research by the India committee (ICN) shows that in more than 90 percent of the spinning mills in South India kinderslavernij prevents.

The majority of girls and women in these factories is between fourteen and eighteen years old. Some are even younger. The girls long hours, have to deal with sexual harassment, and earn less than the minimum wage.

Before, it was all to raise the alarm about the working conditions in spinning mills that directly supply to brands such as C&A, GAP, Marks & Spencer, Primark and Walmart. In the new research looks at garenfabrieken that are part of the production chain.

There was talk with the employees of 743 companies in South India. In 39 spinning mills was the minimum wage paid. In half of the factories was the work week of sixty hours or more.

The Indian yarn is 30 percent to the domestic factories that are making clothes for export. At least 20 percent goes to kledingfabrieken in China and Bangladesh. As a T-shirt in China is made that does not apply to the yarn.

“We cards are the problem for five years now, but also for us, the extent of this problem as a shock”, responded the director Gerard Oonk of the ICN Wednesday.

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