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There's Nothing Sexy About Victoria's Secret's Labor Practices

There's Nothing Sexy About Victoria's Secret's Labor Practices

The workers who made these garments earned around 3/10 of a percent of the price you pay for them in stores.

November 30, 2007 —

Jonathan Tasini, a longtime labor activist and contributor to The Huffington Post, recently wrote about a report from the National Labor Committee, which detailed labor abuses at a factory in Jordan which manufactures Victoria's Secret bikinis and lingerie. The factory employs 150 guest workers, most of whom originate from Bangladesh and lack the necessary residency permits to leave the industrial park where the factory is located.

These workers are subjected to 15-hour days, seven days a week, and receive and average of one day off every three to four months. Employees are cheated out of their legally mandated overtime pay, and when they make errors or fail to meet the outrageous production goals, many are beaten.

If you're interested in buying intimates that don't come from sweatshops, American Apparel offers an array of underwear and swim wear that's manufactured under some of the best conditions in the clothing industry. If you want something a little fancier there's the British company, Enamore, which sells extravagant fair trade lingerie collections on its website.

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