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The Curse of Cotton: Central Asia's Destructive Monoculture
Author: International Crisis Group, Published on: 28 February 2005
The cotton industry in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan contributes to political repression, economic stagnation, widespread poverty and environmental degradation...Forced and child labour and other abuses are common...Central Asian cotton is traded internationally by major European and U.S. corporations; its production is financed by Western banks, and the final product ends up in well-known clothes outlets in Western countries.