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The garment industry is plagued by shocking exploitative labour practices, including forced labor, meager or no pay, long working hours, and lack of workers' rights. Workers in the garment and textile industry, from cotton pickers to factory workers, are often subjected to inhumane conditions, such as being paid as little as $3.00 an hour, forced to work long hours, and denied social benefits like healthcare and pensions. Additionally, the industry's fast fashion model has led to a "race to the bottom," where companies pressure suppliers to minimize costs, leading to subcontracting to unaudited and unknown suppliers, further perpetuating exploitative practices. The situation is exacerbated by the use of child labor, with an estimated 170 million children engaged in child labor, many of whom are involved in textile and garment production. These practices not only violate human rights but also contribute to environmental and health hazards, such as exposure to hazardous chemicals and structural dangers in factories. The pervasive nature of these exploitative practices underscores the urgent need for systemic change and increased accountability throughout the garment industry.
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