Uzbekistan’s cotton picked by forced labor

Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia and a crossroads of China’s so-called New Silk Roads—railroads and pipelines uniting the heartland of Asia and Europe.

This Human Rights Watch documentary shows how the Uzbek government uses forced labor and child labor in its cotton fields.

Students, teachers, medical workers, other government employees, private sector employees and sometimes children were ordered into the fields to harvest cotton in 2015 and 2016, HRW reported; they also were forced to plant cotton and weed fields early in 2016.

The World Bank has invested $500 million in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry.   Supposedly it should withdraw the money if Uzbekistan uses child labor or forced labor, but HRW says this is not enforced.

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One Response to “Uzbekistan’s cotton picked by forced labor”

  1. thetinfoilhatsociety Says:

    The problem, Phil, is that people don’t want to pay a premium for American cotton, nor for any other country to grow it in a sustainable and equitable manner. They’d rather have their Walmart and dollar store clothes. Or their Ross or Kohl’s clothes on sale. Money talks.

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