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Your Thong Is Being Made By Child Laborers


First Posted: 12/16/11 01:32 PM ET Updated: 12/16/11 04:07 PM ET

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Which makes it feel less lacy and more awful, doesn't it?

To be fair, we don't know exactly where you buy your underwear, but if it's Victoria's Secret, then, yes, child labor! Bloomberg reports on Burkina Faso program that deals in cotton, fibers from which are then fashioned into Victoria's Secret garments:

In Burkina Faso, where child labor is endemic to the production of its chief crop export, paying lucrative premiums for organic and fair-trade cotton has - perversely - created fresh incentives for exploitation. The program has attracted subsistence farmers who say they don't have the resources to grow fair-trade cotton without violating a central principle of the movement: forcing other people's children into their fields.

An executive for Victoria's Secret's parent company says the amount of cotton it buys from Burkina Faso is minimal, but it takes the child-labor allegations seriously.

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