Seven in 10 child laborers around the world work in agriculture and cotton is a crop that children sometimes help harvest. In Uzbekistan, state-sponsored child labor occurs as school children are forced to leave school and help harvest cotton.
The CLC’s and Cotton Campaign’s Protest of the Use of Forced Child Labor and Adult Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Fields
When you are a child labor activist, you spend a surprising amount of time sitting at your desk writing emails and blogs or in meetings with federal officials and others concerned about child labor. Opportunities for street activism are not common, but earlier this month, the members of the Child Labor Coalition and the [...]
News from Free2Work and Not for Sale: We are pleased to announce the release of a report ranking over 300 apparel brands on their efforts to address child and forced labor. Modern-day slavery, which currently affects more than 30 million people, is used throughout the production of many clothing products sold on U.S. shelves. Apparel Industry Trends: From [...]
Uzbekistan: U.S. Report Fails Child Labor Victims–Unwillingness to Impose Meaningful Consequences Allows Abuses to Continue
[The following is a press release from the Cotton Campaign regarding a letter to the State Department in which the CLC joined more than 40 groups to express disappointment about the failure to cite Uzbekistan for forced labor and child labor abuses in its cotton harvest.] (Washington, DC, June 21, 2012) – The United States [...]
By Cam Simpson - Dec 15, 2011 Bloomberg Markets Magazine Clarisse Kambire’s nightmare rarely changes. It’s daytime. In a field of cotton plants that burst with purple and white flowers, a man in rags towers over her, a stick raised above his head. Then a voice booms, jerking Clarisse from her slumber and making her heart leap. “Get [...]
It’s not every day that you get your message through to one of the world’s most notorious dictators, but some of us in the child labor advocacy community think we may have just done that last week during New York City’s Fashion Week. For several years, the Child Labor Coalition, 28 organizations working to end the labor [...]