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Ask Target, Macy's and Hanes to Stop Profiting from Rape of Factory Workers

Change.org |  By Amanda Kloer | August, 04 2011 |  Share  | Source Article


 

Sexual assault and rape are a far too common part of life for

the women working at Classic Factory in Jordan, making clothes for Target, Hanes, Macy's, and other companies. For years, the female workers have been filing rape complaints against three of the managers, but the managers have not been fired. Now, the situation is getting more dire -- women who have dared to speak out against the rapes are being threatened, tortured, and "disappeared." Target, Hanes, and Macy's have the power to stop these rapes by insisting the managers accused of repeated assaults be fired.

That's why today, consumers around the world who care about women's safety and basic human rights are leaving messages on Target, Hanes, and Macy's Facebook walls, asking them to threaten to pull their business from Classic Factory unless the rapist managers are fired and an independent third party is allowed to ensure the safety of the workers. To join them and fight for the rights of women workers, copy and paste one of the suggested messages below or write one of your own.

Target's Facebook wall: Target, did you know the women who make your clothing at the Classic Factory in Jordan are being repeatedly raped by their managers? Please keep your workers safe by agreeing to pull your business from Classic Factory unless the rapist managers are fired and an independent third party is brought in to ensure worker safety.

Hanes's Facebook wall: Hanes, did you know the women who make your clothing at the Classic Factory in Jordan are being repeatedly raped by their managers? Please keep your workers safe by agreeing to pull your business from Classic Factory unless the rapist managers are fired and an independent third party is brought in to ensure worker safety.

Macy's Facebook wall: Macy's, did you know the women who make your clothing at the Classic Factory in Jordan are being repeatedly raped by their managers? Please keep your workers safe by agreeing to pull your business from Classic Factory unless the rapist managers are fired and an independent third party is brought in to ensure worker safety.

Economic pressure from these companies may be the only way to protect the women of Classic Factory -- they are mostly young  immigrant workers in a male-dominated, corrupt country. But pressure from the companies who sue Classic can help ensure no more managers are raping their workers.

Please, participate in this Facebook rally and sign this petition, asking the companies to pull their business from Classic unless the managers are fired.

 

 

Photo credit: Mayan Brenn

Amanda Kloer is a Change.org Editor and has been a full-time abolitionist in several capacities for seven years. Follow her on Twitter @endhumantraffic