Child Labor is Back: Children Are Again Sewing Clothing for Major U.S. Companies [Bangladesh]

Author: National Labor Committee [US-based NGO], Published on: 1 October 2006

An estimated 200 to 300 children, some 11 years old or even younger, are sewing clothing for Hanes [part of Hanesbrands], Puma, J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart at the Harvest Rich plant in Bangladesh. The children report being slapped and beaten, sometimes falling down from exhaustion, forced to work 12 to 14 hours a day, and even some all-night 19 or 20-hour shifts, and often working seven days a week, for wages as low as 6½ cents an hour. [also refers to other past & current clients of Harvest Rich: Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), Target, Reebok (part of adidas-Salomon), Mothers Work, St. John's Bay (part of JC Penney), Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Charter House, Carrefour, Tchibo; child workers at Bangladeshi firms Evince Group, SIF Textiles]

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Related companies: adidas Carrefour H&M Hanes (part of Hanesbrands) Hanesbrands Harvest Rich J.C. Penney Marks & Spencer Mothers Work Puma Reebok (part of adidas) Target Tchibo Tesco Walmart