Fashion Industry is Fueling Modern Slavery

Weeks after news that Burberry burned nearly $37 million of unsold stock, a new report has identified the fashion industry as one of the five major industries in the world contributing to modern slavery. The fashion industry came second, alongside personal technology, sugar cane, cocoa, and fish, as most guilty of benefitting from this modern slave labor, which affects an estimated 40 million people across the world. The state of modern slavery is also a feminist issue, women are affected disproportionately — 71% of modern slaves are women and girls.

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