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Child Labor Is Back: Children Again Sewing Clothing for Wal-Mart, Hanes and Other U.S. Companies

 
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Child Labor Is Back: Children Again Sewing Clothing for Wal-Mart, Hanes and Other U.S. Companies
*** Child Labor Is Back: Children Again Sewing Clothing for Wal-Mart, Hanes and Other U.S. Companies ***

..."The following was released today by the National Labor Committee (NLC) on child labor:

An estimated 200 children, some 11 years old or even younger, are sewing clothing for Hanes, Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney and Puma at the Harvest Rich factory in Bangladesh.

The children report being routinely slapped and beaten, sometimes falling down from exhaustion, forced to work 12 to 14 hours a day, even some all-night, 19- to 20-hour shifts, often seven days a week, for wages as low as 6 and a half cents an hour. The wages are so wretchedly low that many of the child workers get up at 5 a.m. each morning to brush their teeth using just their finger and ashes from the fire, since they cannot afford a toothbrush or toothpaste"...

..."In the month of September, the children had just one day off, and before clothing shipments had to leave for the U.S., the workers were often kept at the factory 95 to 110 hours a week. After being forced to work a grueling all-night 19- to 20-hour shift, from 8 a.m. to 3 or 4 a.m. the following day, the children sleep on the factory floor for two or three hours before being woken to start their next shift at 8 a.m. that same morning.

The child workers are beaten for falling behind in their production goal, making mistakes or taking too long in the bathroom (which is filthy, lacking even toilet paper, soap or towels)"...

..."Exactly a decade after the Kathie Lee Gifford scandal, children are again sewing clothing for Wal-Mart, Hanes and other U.S. companies," said Charles Kernaghan, director of the National Labor Committee. "Children belong in school, not locked in sweatshops. Wal-Mart, Hanes and the other companies owe these children, and must now provide them with stipends to replace their wages and cover all necessary expenses to send them back to school."...

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10/27/2006 04:43 PM
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I don't get this.MUST pay a stipend and send them to school? Or SHOULD pay a stipend and send to school?
It doesn't mention a court order or anything, so I am guessing it is SHOULD.
Too bad, but if there is no court order, I am not sure this thread is worth the bother.
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10/27/2006 04:46 PM
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somebody has to pump out all those xxx size clothing for fat ass walmart shoppers. how else could you buy a nascar t shirt for three dollars forty two cents??
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10/27/2006 04:47 PM
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Re: Child Labor Is Back: Children Again Sewing Clothing for Wal-Mart, Hanes and Other U.S. Companies
It's slavery.

Plain and simple.

Americans are so fucked up, they act like slavery is the most terrible thing in the world yet they still shop wal-mart.

I just don't get it.

If your going to do this at least admit to it.

If you have shopped at wal-mart then you have supported slavery.

Where do you think your lifestyle comes from?

Being nice to people in the world?

Nope.

Your lifestyle comes from exploting your third world slaves.

Face up to it.
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10/27/2006 04:49 PM
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the one free thing i get from walmart- i am moving and have found an endless supply of boxes for free from wally world.

i feel like i'm taking a few cents of profit from them. cuz they don't get the recycle money from the cardboard. pphtt
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10/27/2006 05:04 PM
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I don't buy Walmart clothing.

Make sure of your label when you buy clothing no matter what store you use.

Buy USA, Canada or European where you know there are labor laws against slavery and child labor.