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Press release: Largest-ever First-hand Investigation Into Slavery And Child Labor Finds Forced Labor Prevalent In India’s Hand-Made Carpet Sector [India]

Author: François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University , Published on: 28 January 2014

The report – titled “Tainted Carpets: Slavery and Child Labor in India’s Hand-Made Carpet Sector” – explores well beyond the traditional “Carpet Belt” region of Uttar Pradesh to cover nine states in northern India where production sites belonging to 172 different carpet exporters have been found to practice various forms of illegal forced labor. Key findings of the report…contradict claims that slavery and child labor have been eliminated from the sector…the working conditions uncovered were nothing short of subhuman…major carpet exporters who were found to be using slave-like labor will be contacted and invited to collaborate with the FXB Center in an effort to eradicate these practices.

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