Report: Beyoncé's Clothing Line to 'Empower Women' Now Linked to 'Sweatshops'
Beyoncé says she launched her “Ivy Park” female sportswear line to “support and inspire women.”
But a closer look at where and how the clothes are made could suggest just the opposite, according to new reports.
The clothing is reportedly made by seamstresses in Sri Lanka who are earning as little as £4.30, or US$6.10, a day.
That rate is reportedly above the legal minimum wage there.
But a representative of the group Anti-Slavery International says the workers’ conditions still equate to “a form of sweatshop slavery,” the newspaper reported.
“There are a number of elements here that tick the boxes in terms of slavery, the low pay, restriction of women’s movement at night and locking them in,” said Jakub Sobik.
Topshop, the store behind the activewear line, said Beyoncé’s designs are meant to “empower women through sport.”
They have said that their suppliers are held to a “rigorous ethical trading program,” and that “our teams worldwide work very closely with our suppliers and their factories to ensure compliance.”
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