The UK mandates that garment companies must stop using child and slave labor
In an effort to regulate the supply chain of the garment industry, the British Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that companies are now fully responsible for the use of child and slave labor in their manufacturing.
As part of the Modern Slavery Act, all companies will now be subject to a yearly check-in by documenting the explicit measures they have taken to prevent the practices. The law will affect more 12,000 companies who make $56 million in revenue or more yearly.
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Cameron hopes to tackle the issues surrounding Vietnamese trafficking, which enables thousands of children to be brought into the UK to for work at nail salons and cannabis farms.
Director of Anti-Slavery International Aidan McQuade said, "We are all tied up in the webs that ultimately have forced labour and slavery within them."
FACTS ABOUT GARMENT WORKERS
Bangladesh is the second-largest garment producer after China, with over 5,600 factories.
The worldwide clothing and textile industry employs around 60 to 75 million people as of 2014.
The Modern Slavery Act of 2015 faced scrutiny in Parliament, but upon passing will not only require accountability but provide support and protection for victims.
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