Human rights and the clothing industry

The global fashion industry's increasingly cheap products and the associated throwaway culture are subsidised by human rights abuses. The production of cheap garments in the developing world has involved the use of child and slave labour and commonly features atrocious working conditions, including hazardous workplaces, forced overtime, denial of trade union rights and poverty wages. Earthsight have carried out research on behalf of an international development charity into the unethical production of clothing in South Asia, and links to UK retailers.

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