One of Zara's Brazilian suppliers is being accused of slave labor and child labor following an investigation by São Paulo’s Bureau of Labor and Employment.
According to the report, 52 people were found working in factory under unsanitary conditions back in May, but that's nothing compared to the next investigation.
Last month, the Bureau of Labor and Employment discovered "15 foreign workers from Bolivia and Peru, including a 14-year-old girl, working under slave-like conditions". The employees worked 16 hour shifts and were prohibited from leaving the "factory" aka homes with hardly any windows.
As if the working conditions weren't bad enough, they were being paid significantly less than the legal minimum wage.
Zara has been charged with 52 infractions by The Ministry of Labor and Employment in Brazil, but there may be more to come because it's believed there are 30 more factories working for the company under the same conditions.
Inditex, the company who owns the fast-fashion chain, said they "will strengthen the supervision of the production system of all its suppliers in the country to ensure that such cases do not occur again."
We certainly hope so!
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