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White gold: the true cost of cotton

Description: Cotton production in the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan represents one of the most exploitative enterprises in the world. Up to one third of the country’s workforce is made to labour on cotton farms; denied ownership of the land they work, and forced to labour without reasonable wages they are unable to opt out of cotton cultivation – those who try are subject to violence, imprisonment and intimidation. Tens of thousands of children are forced to pick the cotton harvest each year. Crucially, the suffering caused by this industry comes at the hands of the government. It is the Uzbek state, not the country’s mafia that instigates the abuses connected to
the production and sale of cotton turning its people in to a slave nation.
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Author: Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)
Year: 2004
Category: Environmental & social aspects
Submitted by: Andrea Bischof

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