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New Campaign To Lift Wages and Prevent HIV Deaths Among Beer Promotion Women [Asia]

Author: Australian Council of Trade Unions, Published on: 27 May 2006

...new campaign against the exploitation of young women in promotional campaigns by multinational beer companies...[the] international campaign...highlight[s] the inadequate wages of 'beer girls' & the high rate of HIV infection which is leading to thousands of early deaths among the women...young south east Asian women who are being exploited and subjected to sexual assault and violence while working in restaurants and karaoke bars to promote well-known beer brands including Heineken, Carlsberg, San Miguel, Stella Artois [part of InBev], Beck's [part of InBev], Bass [part of InBev]...and Budweiser [part of Anheuser-Busch]...The women are also subject to appalling assaults and violence...Research...has found that 20% of the female beer promotion women in Cambodia are HIV positive...The women's only chance of survival is for the international beer companies they worked for to step in and provide life-saving anti-retroviral medicines...[there was] an encouraging initial response from...Carlsberg...[also refers to Foster's. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Anheuser-Busch to respond to the allegations but it declined to respond]

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Related companies: Anheuser-Busch (part of Anheuser-Busch InBev) Bass (part of Anheuser-Busch InBev) Beck's (part of Anheuser-Busch InBev) Budweiser (part of Anheuser-Busch InBev) Carlsberg Breweries Foster's Heineken InBev (part of Anheuser-Busch InBev) San Miguel Beer (part of San Miguel Corporation) San Miguel Corporation Stella Artois (part of Anheuser-Busch InBev)