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Report: Garment factories in India hold workers as prisoners

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In an Indian region known as Bengaluru, garment factories employ migrant workers — up to 80 percent of such employees in the area qualify as such. Because of language barriers, many of the vulnerable workers are subject to near-imprisonment in factory “hostels” that provide housing to the clothing makers, who supply fast-fashion chains like H&M and C&A (and others that produce textiles for Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, and Inditex, the owner of Zara), according to a recent study released. The majority of the workers are women, monitored by male guards who “severely” restrict their movement, according to Quartz.

The report, compiled from information from a labor union and interviews with 110 workers from four different factories, was produced by the NGO India Committee of the Netherlands and found that some migrants were separated by region and paid less than other groups. Though the group was not allowed to survey the hostels first-hand, researchers learned that the faculties often provide the bare minimum to employees, providing no kitchen, an unstable water supply, and one bathroom for over a dozen people.

Read the full story at Quartz.

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