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From farm to factory from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Africa to Asia there is evidence of modern slavery practices in the creation of a garment. The clothes we wear have the misery of others woven in them.

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Uzbekistan: Fact Sheet

A resource that outlines and details some of the extent of abuse, human trafficking and slavery in the Uzbek cotton industry. A good resource for keeping informed on the issues of slavery within the fashion supply chain and hearing real stories of the plight of people affected by slavery.

Fashion Fact Sheet

The clothes that we buy and wear, arrive on shop shelves after a long journey starting at the source, cotton being a main contributor. Cotton is grown and harvested in Australia as well as in faraway fields around the world. Then it is spun, dyed and woven into fabric in factories.

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Fashion Quiz


Which of the following cotton producing countries does not have any reported incidents of child or forced labour in cotton harvesting?

  • United States of America
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Turkey

Points: 1

Which of the following cotton producing countries does not have any reported incidents of child or forced labour in cotton harvesting?

  • United States of America
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Turkey

Points: 2

What is a key driver of exploitation in the fashion industry?

  • The 'Fast Fashion' cycle
  • Desire in developed countries for cheaper clothes
  • Poverty and the need for work in producing countries
  • All of the above

Points: 2

True or False. It is only cheap clothes where slavery related practices occur in the supply chain.

  • True
  • False

    The cost of a garment gives little indication of the working conditions in it's supply chains

Points: 1

What is one of the biggest challenges in addressing slavery and child labour in the garment supply chain?

  • Complexity of the supply chain.

    By the time a garment reaches yoiur wardrobe it may have travelled through many countries and has dozens of workers contribute to it's production

  • Difficulty in supplying enough clothes for the world.
  • Global Warming
  • Parents want their children to work rather than go to school.

Points: 3

What is the best thing a consumer can do to help the fashion industry?

  • Boycott labels doing the wrong thing.
  • Stop buying new clothes
  • Preference buying from fashion labels who make public what they are doing
  • Only buy more expensive clothes

Points: 5