Subscribe to South Asia Citizens Wire | feeds from sacw.net | @sacw
Home > South Asia Labour Activists Library > Sexual Abuse of South Asian Women Workers at ’Classic’ Factory in (...)

Sexual Abuse of South Asian Women Workers at ’Classic’ Factory in Jordan

28 June 2011

print version of this article print version

Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

classic jeans factory in Jordan

Hanes and Target Linked to Sexual Abuse: Classic Factory in Jordan

Preface

Hanes and Target Linked to Sexual Abuse

Charles Kernaghan

Young women guest workers from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are being repeatedly sexually abused at the Classic Group of factories in Jordan while sewing Hanes "C9" clothing for women and men, which is sold exclusively at Target.

There is no man or woman in the United States who would knowingly purchase garments made by poor women from the developing world who were sexually abused and beaten.

It was one of the most powerful experiences of our lives to be in the Criminal Investigation Department of the Jordanian police when "Nazma," a young, slight and very beautiful Bangladeshi woman who was abused at Classic raised her right hand and swore to God that Anil Santha had repeatedly raped her. The prosecutor then asked her to point to her abuser and "Nazma" turned and pointed directly at Anil Santha, one of the most powerful general managers at Classic. That took incredible courage.

Now it is our turn to stand up and make certain that no one, ever again, sexually abuses any of the thousands of young women guest workers who are sewing garments at Classic for duty-free export to the U.S.

Hanes is the most recognized label in the United States, and their "C9" label is sold exclusively at Target. Wal-Mart is the largest retailer on the face of the earth.

Tell Hanes, Wal-Mart and Target to stop the abuse immediately!

The Delegation to Jordan:

Charles Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, and Tim Waters, political director of the United Steelworkers (USW) lead the delegation to Jordan from June 14 to June 19, 2011.

Hanes and Target Linked to Sexual Abuse: Classic Factory in Jordan
Institute for Global Labour & Human Rights
- 5 Gateway Center, 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 [USA]