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Sex Abuse Alleged at Apparel Maker [Jordan]

Author: Miguel Bustillo, Wall Street Journal, Published on: 20 June 2011

Jordanian authorities arrested a manager at a factory that makes clothing for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers after a female employee came forward to accuse him of rape, following what an activist group says were years of claims by other women workers of sexual abuse at the plant...Since at least 2007, some workers at Classic Fashion Apparel Ltd...have claimed to a human-rights advocacy group that two factory managers were sexually abusing women. But the factory owner and independent monitors employed by the retailers...said they were never able to corroborate the accounts...[H]owever, a 26-year-old Bangladeshi woman...told Jordanian investigators that she had been raped by the factory's top manager since arriving in March, and she submitted to a medical examination...The company's owner, Samal Kumar, said...that he believes Mr. Santha is innocent. "This is destroying the good name of my factory," he said..."Regarding the rape allegations and arrest, we are awaiting results of the investigation by the Jordanian law enforcement, which is still in progress," Wal-Mart spokesman Kevin Gardner said...He declined to elaborate...[Another retailer] Target said it is taking the situation at Classic Fashion "seriously," and will "take the steps necessary to appropriately address any violations." [also refers to Hanesbrands]

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Related companies: Classic Fashion Hanesbrands Target Walmart