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El Lado Oscuro y Amargo del Chocolate

Voces de Nuestro Mundo
10/26/2011

According to the International Labor Organization, around 215 million children worldwide are forced to work under terrible conditions. These kids work in different types of industries. On this edition of Voces, we examine how while the chocolate industry earns record profits, children face abusive labor conditions in cocoa production farms. Here with us to talk about child labor is Judy Gearhart, Executive Director with the International Labor Rights Forum.

Vietnam: Torture, Forced Labor in Drug Detention

Human Rights Watch
09/07/2011

Companies, Donors Should Press Government to Close Centers

(Bangkok) ­– People detained by the police in Vietnam for using drugs are held without due process for years, forced to work for little or no pay, and suffer torture and physical violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Government-run drug detention centers, mandated to “treat” and ”rehabilitate” drug users, are little more than forced labor camps where drug users work six days a week processing cashews, sewing garments, or manufacturing other items.

Truth Tour Shines Light On Walmart Worker Conditions

Progress Illinois
04/20/2011

As Walmart looks to continue its expansion in Chicago, a worker truth tour makes a stop in Chicago to shed light on how the retailer treats some of its employees along various stops on the supply chain.

 

"I was complaining about roaches and the smell. But when I heard her story, I was like 'what am I complaining about?'" said Robert J. Hines, Jr., a former Walmart factory employee at yesterday's media event for the kick off of the "Sweatshop, Warehouse, Walmart: A Worker Truth Tour."

Workers detail conditions of overseas factory jobs

The Delaware County Daily News
04/03/2011

SWARTHMORE — Even as 33-year-old Kalpona Akter faces a potential death sentence in her home country of Bangladesh, she traveled halfway across the globe to talk about the working conditions in her homeland with the hope of creating an atmosphere of respect, dignity and a better life for her fellow citizens.

Aleya Akter, 26, journeyed with Kalpona to tell the tale of working 14 years of 11-hour days sewing jackets with 400 employees at a Dhaka factory for Walmart.

Workers detail conditions of overseas factory jobs

The Delaware County Daily News
04/03/2011

SWARTHMORE — Even as 33-year-old Kalpona Akter faces a potential death sentence in her home country of Bangladesh, she traveled halfway across the globe to talk about the working conditions in her homeland with the hope of creating an atmosphere of respect, dignity and a better life for her fellow citizens.

Aleya Akter, 26, journeyed with Kalpona to tell the tale of working 14 years of 11-hour days sewing jackets with 400 employees at a Dhaka factory for Walmart.

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