Investigative reporters for the British newspaper, The Observer, found children working in factories in India under conditions akin to slavery where they made clothes destined for Gap in the United States. The Indian children were being brutalized, forced to work earning wages below minimum levels, physically brutalized, and denied the rights of ordinary workers. It is estimated at least 20% of the economy of India is dependent upon such child labor. According to Professor Sheotaj Singh, “The key thing India has to offer the global economy is some of the world’s cheapest labor…” Gap denies any knowledge of purchasing clothes from factories having such abusive work conditions for children.
One can only hope American corporations will refuse dealing with such factories.