Human Rights In Fashion

15% Of Forced Labour Cases

The 2018 Global Slavery Index identified the garment industry as being amongst the top five industries with the biggest imports of products at risk of modern slavery. With a high demand for cheap labour and inadequately regulated supply chains, the fashion industry is rife with the most vulnerable and exploited workforces, including those who have been trafficked and trapped in forced labour.


Manufacturers are often forced to outsource work to meet production targets, and will look for the cheapest and most efficient workforces. This might mean subcontracting unregulated and unprotected workforces composed of people trafficked and coerced into unpaid labour. The more brands push for lower prices, the more they encourage exploitative working conditions.

International Labour Organization

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