Child labour funds cheap clothes....
It's a rare day that we are in 100% agreement with a Daily Mail article, but today we are. Liz Jones' report into cheap, child labour puts the spotlight on some of Britain's most famous high street retailers. While it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that a pair of Primark pants at £1 is leaving someone, somewhere, very hard-up, the level of poverty in the slums of Bangladesh (where some Primark garments have been traced to) is truly shocking.
Liz Jones talked to some child labourers in Bangladesh, who work 12 hours a day, seven days a week for a measly monthly wage of £16 a month. Men earn slightly more, (as is usually the case), though it's fair to say that the situation is dire for all. Although the retailers mentioned in the article, namely - Primark, H&M and Florence and Fred at Tesco - deny knowingly supporting child labour, their protests don't exactly satisfy. They make millions in sales; surely they could spend some of those wads on making sure that child labour doesn't happen and that workers are paid a fair wage?
Does this make you think twice before going on a cheap shopping binge?