Sexual predators and serial rapists run wild at Wal-Mart supplier in Jordan

June, 09 2011 Share

Campaign: Classic/Jordan-Sweatshop Abuse, Sexual Predators

DATE:      June 9, 2011

TO:          Key Contacts

FROM:     Charles Kernaghan, Institute for Global Labour & Human Rights/NLC

RE:          Sexual predators and serial rapists run wild at Wal-Mart supplier in Jordan


Scores of young Sri Lankan women guest workers have been sexually abused and repeatedly raped, over the course of years, while sewing clothing for Wal-Mart, Hanes and other labels at the Classic Factory in Jordan. At least one young rape victim was tortured as her assailant bit her, leaving scars all over her body. Rape victims who become pregnant are fired and forcibly deported. Women who refuse the sexual advances of Classic managers are also beaten and deported. Managers routinely beat the women to make them work faster, throw the garments in their faces, and grope and fondle them.


There are over 4000 foreign guest workers from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Egypt sewing garments at Classic for duty-free export to the U.S.


Wal-Mart is the largest producer at Classic. Other labels sewn here are Hanes, Kohl's, Target and Macy's.


Please tell Wal-Mart to immediately end the sexual abuse, rape, torture, and beatings of the young women guest workers at the Classic Factory in Jordan.


PLEASE SIGN THE LETTER to Wal-Mart, which will be copied to the other labels.

URGENT APPEAL: It appears that PR Newswire has collapsed under pressure from Wal-Mart and GAP, and is starting to take down our press release. You can find the press release regarding this report on our website:         


Can you please forward this press release to any of your media contacts, local and national. This will help the rape victims enormously!