Slavery on the high street
Anti-Slavery International June 2012, 60 pages
This report identifies two forms of modern day slavery in fabric and garment supply chains: the forced labour of girls and young women in the spinning mills of southern India – the Sumangali and Camp Coolie systems – and the use of child labour in the finishing workshops of Delhi.
The evidence presented in this report shows that international garment brands get a significant portion of their sales from the enslaved labour of children and young women and that businesses’ existing codes of conduct and auditing to address slavery are insufficient.
This report shows that the state authorities, who have overall responsibility for the enforcement of these rights, need to do more to ensure that they are fulfilling their duty to protect the rights of workers in the garment supply chain.
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