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Not-so fair trade – Victoria’s Secret Revealed in African Child Labor

As Victoria’s Secret’s partner, Guebre’s organization, the National Federation of Burkina Cotton Producers, is responsible for running all aspects of the organic and fair-trade program across Burkina Faso. Known by its French initials, the UNPCB in 2008 co-sponsored a study suggesting hundreds, if not thousands, of children like Clarisse could be vulnerable to exploitation on organic and fair-trade farms. The study was commissioned by the growers and Helvetas. Victoria’s Secret says it never saw the report.

Clarisse’s labor exposes flaws in the system for certifying fair-trade commodities and finished goods in a global market that grew 27 percent in just one year to more than $5.8 billion in 2010. That market is built on the notion that purchases by companies and consumers aren’t supposed to make them accomplices to exploitation, especially of children.

Read full article here:

Victoria’s Other Secret Masks Children

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Clarisse Kambire, 13, a child laborer, begins her daily task of picking the crop from her farmer’s field of fair trade organic cotton near Benvar, Burkina Faso, on Nov. 10, 2011.


2 responses

  1. Pingback: Slavery alive and well at Victoria’s Secret. | Is the End soon?

  2. When journalism makes an accusation of forced child labour with links to Fair Trade, there is a need to address the issue immediately and make reparations. However, when the link to Fairtrade proves invalid, there is a need to call for integrity in corporate media!

    December 29, 2011 at 11:10 am

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