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19 Dez 2023


“I Came Here with So Many Dreams”: Labor Rights Abuses & the Need for Change in Mauritius’ Apparel Factories

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Workers [in Mauritius] told of feeling disillusionment and despair when, after paying exploitative recruitment fees they arrived in Mauritius to find that their wages were far less than their agents had told them. They described living and working conditions that no worker should endure, such as overcrowded dorms and insect infestations. Syed* (a pseudonym), a migrant worker at Firemount, reported going hungry and becoming physically weak due to the quality of food, saying, “The food is so bad, I would never have come. I would rather starve in Bangladesh.”

Some workers also reported facing intimidation and threats of punishment for speaking about their experiences—including the threat of deportation.

Transparentem’s investigation, completed in 2023, and company responses to its findings bring three stark realities to light (complete findings are in the full report):