Despite international condemnation, the Uzbekistan government is mandating that teachers shut down their classes and force millions of children as young as ten to work in cotton fields instead of attending school, in order to meet government-imposed cotton production quotas. Over 65 of the largest global apparel brands and retailers – from Wal-Mart to the Gap – have developed policies related to Uzbek cotton. But according to the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), Gymboree and Abercrombie and Fitch have consistently been unresponsive to calls from shareholders and advocates to take a stand against child labor in the cotton industry.
The ILRF is targeting these clothing brands in a campaign until October 14, when they will hold a call with these companies during the Tashkent cotton fair, where the government of Uzbekistan tries to sell its cotton to global traders.
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