Child 'Slave' Laborers Fall Into the Gap

Kids seen making Gap garments in New Delhi sweatshop
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2007 5:14 PM CDT
Buyers brave the rain to shop at the Gap in this undated photo. A report claims that kids as young as 10 have been seen stitching Gap apparel in a New Delhi sweatshop, some without pay and claiming violence.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Ten-year-olds were found stitching Gap apparel in a filthy New Delhi sweatshop, some without pay, in an investigation by the Guardian. The kids interviewed by the paper reported long hours of unpaid work, threats and beatings. Serial numbers on the beaded blouses they were working on were ID'd by the Gap, which pulled the items from shelves and launched a probe, the Guardian reports.

Critics have routinely slammed the Gap for outsourcing to India, the world’s child labor capital—and the Gap has paid attention, cutting contracts with more than 150 suppliers since 2004. The company calls today's allegations "deeply unsettling" and adds, "We firmly believe that under no circumstances is it acceptable for children to produce or work on garments.”