Scores of young Southeast Asian female guest workers have been sexually abused and repeatedly raped while sewing clothing for some of the biggest brand names in American retail at the Classic Factory in Jordan, according to a report by the Institute of Global Labour and Human Rights, formerly known as the National Labor Committee.
The group’s findings are the result of a six-month undercover effort, says Charles Kernaghan, its director. “One young rape victim told us her assailant, a manager, bit her, leaving scars all over her body,” he says. “Women who become pregnant are forcibly deported and returned to Sri Lanka. Women who refuse the sexual advances of Classic‘s managers are also beaten and deported.”
The report also found that:
These deeply disturbing videos offer personal testimony about the daily abuse.
On June 17, the factory's general manager, Anil Santha, was arrested in connection with rape allegations, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Santha was subsequently released on bond and returned to the factory twice before Jordanian labor officials temporarily barred him, Kernaghan said. The case against Santha is currently pending.
Please join the call to tell Wal-Mart, Kohl's, Hanes, Target and Macy's to end sexual abuse in their Jordanian supplier’s factory, Classic Fashion, and to take responsibility for compensating the victims.