The GAP Using Child Labor in Indian Sweatshop?


Child labor in clothing sweat shops? This is never good PR for The GAP or good in Sweat_shopsgeneral. The Observer reported that “Indian ‘slave’ children found making low-cost clothes destined for Gap.” Child labor in such working conditions has been a long time issue within the clothes making industry. One has to wonder how often this practice goes on and just how often it is actually reported. The comment from a Gap spokesperson was as follows:

“At Gap, we firmly believe that under no circumstances is it acceptable for children to produce or work on garments,” the spokesman was quoted as saying. “It is clear that one of our vendors violated this agreement, and a full investigation is under way.”

Gap Stores Using Child Labor in Indian Sweatshop, British Newspaper Reports

LONDON —  A British newspaper reported Sunday that it found children as young as 10 making clothes in a sweatshop in New Delhi, India, that the Gap fashion chain planned to sell in the West.

The Observer quoted the children as saying they had been sold to the sweatshop by their families in Indian states such as Bihar and West Bengal and would not be allowed to leave until they had repaid that fee.

Some, working as long as 16 hours a day to hand-sew clothing, said they were not being paid at the unidentified Gap supplier because their employer said they were still trainees.

The Observer quoted one boy identified only as Jivaj as saying that child employees who cried or did not work hard enough were hit with a rubber pipe or had oily cloths stuffed into their mouths.

The paper said the sweatshop, or “derelict industrial unit,” that it found during its investigation in New Delhi was “smeared in filth, the corridors flowing with excrement from a flooded toilet. (FOX News)

Posted October 29, 2007 by
Business, Child Welfare, Crime, World | 5 comments

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    5 Responses to “The GAP Using Child Labor in Indian Sweatshop?”

    1. Miss-Underestimated on October 29th, 2007 4:27 pm

      That’s what they get for out sourcing.

      These large companies cannot be happy with a reasonable/large profit, they have to have HUMUNGOUS PROFITS. Greed in the first degree.

    2. Kat_Gram on October 29th, 2007 8:09 pm

      Well, what a surprise NOT.
      Of course GAP didn’t know anything about it. Ha !
      These corporation do this everywhere.
      Try finding clothing made where a decent living wage is paid in any of those other countries.
      I can’t even buy material here in Canada that didn’t comes from elsewhere any more.

    3. Patti on October 30th, 2007 4:06 am

      Another form of human trfficking… for profit.

      Boycott “The Gap”

      American Companies should know better…

      Look what happened to Nike, they lost a
      large portion of their market share because
      of the same thing.

      Too Bad, Too Sad… No Gap for Christmas!

    4. Vicki on October 30th, 2007 6:54 am

      We need to bring all of the clothes back to the US…its disgusting what is going on with these companys…like Cathy Lee didnt know that was happening either. The clothes are not well made and fall apart after a few washings anyway…these poor kids…What is this world coming to????

    5. A.Y. on June 19th, 2008 10:22 pm

      I want to thanks British Newspaper to highlight this small case. There are many child labors in India who needs your more help; they are working in shoes industry, chemical industry, handicraft industry, fire-works industry, sugar mills, textile industry, mines etc. In India almost 90% restaurants where child labor are working in the backyard of the kitchen. No body is taking care those children, as they are cheapest labor in India. Indian police and Indian businessmen and Indian politicians are trying to hide such incidents, as it is harmful for India image in the world.

      We should strongly boycott Indian products and stop all foreign aid to India. Please watch the following clip from a Indian new channel. This is the situation in Capital of India, New Delhi.

      British newspaper reported about the South India’s case that location is around 2500 km far from the capital of India. God knows how many child labors exist in the remote area. Nobodies are helping them. They are dieing with T.B., etc. Most of Indian’s NGO are enjoying foreign aid, in fact they are not working hard to stop such activates. They are enjoying their business.

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