Child Labour

160 million children in the world are forced to work. 

Because the fashion industry requires low-skilled labour, child labour is particularly common in this industry. 

In South India, for example, 100,000 girls work under the Sumangali scheme, a practice that involves sending young girls from poor families to work in a textile factory for three or five years in exchange for a basic wage and a lump sum payment at the end to pay for their dowry. Girls are overworked and live in appalling conditions that can be classified as modern slavery.

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Other sources: ILO; Freedom Fund