Report: Dalit girls exploited in India’s garment industry

A new report finds that Dalit girls in India’s garment industry live in hostels, with little freedom of movement, are underpaid for long working-days and working under hazardous conditions.

Press Release from the India Committee on the Netherlands:

‘Small Steps – Big Challenges’ in Tamil Nadu’s textile industry

Garment brands not transparent on tackling bonded labour in India

Most Dutch and international companies importing garments from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu refuse to be transparent about if and how they tackle bonded labour at their suppliers. An estimated 100,000 young children and teenage girls are victims of ‘bonded labour’ or ‘modern slavery’. These girls – mostly Dalit (‘outcaste’) – live in hostels, with little freedom of movement, underpaid for long working-days and working under unhealthy conditions.

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