Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Forced labour & trafficked on rise in garment industry
Forced labour & trafficked on rise in garment industry
19
Feb '08
Traffic slave labour popularly perceived to be confined to the informal economy and especially to the sex trade is now a growing problem in the global garment industry, the United Nations Forum to Fight Human Trafficking was told in Vienna.

Citing examples from Mauritius, Jordan, Taiwan, India, Argentina, Romania, the United States and China Neil Kearney, General Secretary of the Brussels-based International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF) said workers were been trafficked to industrialised and developed countries alike and their production was on sale in every high street in Europe and shopping mall in the United States.

The workers involved were the victims of an evil triangle involving labour brokers, garment manufacturers and global retail chains held them for maximising profit at the expense of the workers who produce the clothing.

“The victims all have common characteristics. The common characteristics of being young, cheap, submissive, unprotected and often invisible” said Mr. Kearney.

“Typically they are recruited in their villages, required to pay a fee to the labour broker of up to 20 years the local minimum wage. This fee is usually commuted into a loan which must then be repaid with interest.

This becomes the bond with the labour broker which often enslaves a young worker who is then transferred to a holding or transit centre where they can be held for up to three months while their travel documentation is being obtained.

“A change of mind is not permitted. As the workers are usually fitted out in distinctive overalls – often florescent – they are easily identified as belonging to a particular broker.


Must ReadView All

Vietnam's textile-garment export turnover $16 bn in H1 '18

Apparel/Garments | On 19th Jul 2018

Vietnam's textile-garment export turnover $16 bn in H1 '18

Vietnam is among the world's five biggest textile exporters and...

Courtesy:  Pratibha Syntex

Apparel/Garments | On 19th Jul 2018

India's Pratibha Syntex aims $200 mn sales revenue by 2020

Pratibha Syntex, with interests in fibre, spinning, knitting and...

Kenya to use Sh6 bn Indian loan to upgrade Rivatex

Textiles | On 19th Jul 2018

Kenya to use Sh6 bn Indian loan to upgrade Rivatex

Kenya will use a Sh6 billion loan from India’s Exim Bank to expand...

Interviews View All

Amardeep Singh
Orient Craft

'In export markets, the trend in terms of embroidery, is towards matte...

Top executives
Textile industry

GST has levelled the playing field to an extent

Janak Dhamanwala & Sunil Dhamanwala
Jansun

Moving towards sustainability is also a social change

Himanshu Jariwala

J Korin started as a partnership firm with four powerlooms in the textiles ...

Suresh P Bagrecha

Komal Texfab, founded in 1981, is into manufacturing of knitted fabrics,...

Ravindra Jain, Ashish Baid

Oswal Prints Private Limited has been manufacturing and exporting ethnic...

Urs Stalder
Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder, CEO, Sanitized AG, talks about the increasing use of hygiene...

Eamonn Tighe
Nature Works LLC

Eamonn Tighe, Fibres and Nonwovens - Business Development Manager of...

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Adriano Goldschmied
AG Jeans

The hype around 'designer jeans' was created by him. And the new wave of...

Nisha Chanda
Whistling Woods International School of Fashion

<div>A lack of upgraded courses in costume designing and fashion as per...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


July 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Advanced Search