October, 07 2006 |  Download PDF |  Share

Child Labor is Back


Children Are Again Sewing Clothing for Major U.S. Companies

An estimated 200 to 300 children, some 11 years old or even younger, are sewing clothing for Hanes, Puma, J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart at the Harvest Rich plant in Bangladesh.
The children report being slapped and beaten, sometimes falling down from exhaustion, forced to work 12 to 14 hours a day, and even some all-night 19 or 20-hour shifts, and often working seven days a week, for wages as low as 6½ cents an hour.
The Institute obtained an official brochure of Harvest Rich in September 2006.  The brochure explains that the factory produces for Sara Lee (which owns Hanes), Wal-Mart and PUMA, as well as Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Target, Reebok and H&M. The brochure also includes a copy of the factory's WRAP certification.
Halima was 11 years old. She worked 14 hours a day, seven days a week sewing Hanes underwear for just six cents an hour. Her supervisor, a man much bigger than she was, often slapped Halima to make her work faster. Halima told us she often "fell down"─fainting from exhaustion. Watch this interview of Halima.

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