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The price of sparkle is child slavery [India]

Author: Dan McDougall, Observer [UK], Published on: 30 April 2006

...Manoj Kumar Singh of the Bonded Labour Liberation Front [says]...'...the popularity of these sparkling adornments sold on by the firm [Swarovski] has created a life of servitude, a living nightmare for tens of thousands of children who are forced to sew them into saris or cushions or jeans and men's suits'...The Observer visited more than a dozen sweatshops in...Delhi and saw children as young as eight or nine attaching Swarovski sequins and beads to couture saris and...suits...Head of Swarovski India, Sanjay Sharma said: "...We cannot control our goods being sold on to third parties and ending up in sweatshops. The government has to be responsible for dealing with this problem, not us. But investigations like this show that the whole industry needs to get together and fight against the problem of child labour." Company spokesman Julian Vogel added: "Swarovski is not aware of, and does not authorise or condone, the use of child labour by any third party manufacturer or supplier, and Swarovski does not knowingly engage manufacturers or suppliers who do so."

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