Women Raped, Tortured and Beaten at Clothing Factory in Jordan


Have you ever shopped at Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s Lands’ End, or Hanes?

Chances are you probably have, but did you know you were supporting companies that rape, torture and beat thousands of women in their factories?

According to a report from the Institute of Global Labour and Human Rights, thousands of Southeast Asian young women working at the Classic Factory in Jordan, which manufactures clothing for some of the biggest brand names sold in the U.S., have been victims of repeated sexual and physical abuse.

  • A six-month undercover investigation reveals horrifying findings:
  • A standard shift is 13 hours a day, 6-7 days a week
  • Women work over 18 hour shifts to finish clothing that must be shipped to the U.S.
  • Some women only make 61 cents an hour
  • Women are routinely cursed at, hit, and shortchanged of their wages
  • Women are groped and fondled by managers to get them to work faster
  • Women are repeatedly raped by upper management (one woman’s assailant, a manager, bit her entire body leaving scars)
  • Women who refuse sexual advances are beaten and deported
  • Women who become pregnant are forcibly returned to their home countries

These abuses are best described by one of the women herself:

Anil Santha, a Production Manager at the Classic Factory in Jordan, has been identified as one of the perpetrators of the sexual and physical abuse the woman face. Santha was arrested to face charges of rape and torture but was mysteriously freed after just two days. He returned back to work at a Classic factory as if nothing had happened to continue raping, abusing and torturing women again.

Tell me, how does this abuse continue with no repercussions?

Something has to be done and now you can be part of the solution! Sign our petition to tell Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s Lands’ End, and Hanes to immediately end the sexual and physical abuse of thousands of women.

Sign today!

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.8 months ago

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pam w.
pam w.4 years ago

Signed? of course! Do I believe it will help? Sadly....no, I don't.

This is a culture which devalues women and always...ALWAYS....insists that whatever happens to us is somehow our fault. Islam says we're inferior....our testimony isn't equal to that of men. We tempt men by showing our hair or an elbow or an ankle.

I've traveled in Jordan. In Amman, you might get the impression that women have at least SOME status.....but get outside the capitol and you'll see women dressed in gray burkas, covered head to foot. These women can't even recognize one another, should they meet on a street!

They follow along behind their husband like good sheep...carrying the parcels HE buys while he chats with his male friends in the market....she remains silent behind.

Jordan is one of the few countries I've been in where it was impossible to form even a 10-second encounter with another woman. Their eyes are kept obediently on the floor...even in airports, markets and on the sidewalk.

Women are excluded from politics, education and any active role in society. Queen Noor tried hard to break through the cultural prohibitions....she established a school, for example, and for awhile, foreign tourists were encouraged to visit.

That school has been closed.....too radical.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam4 years ago

horrible !!!!!

Maarja L.
Maarja L.4 years ago

This really and truly is awful.

Camila K.
Kamila A.4 years ago

Boycott all these businesses and this is a call to all women to speak out against injustice, and the oppression of men who do this to women!!! It is time to stop the insanity.

Olivia Offline S.
Past Member 4 years ago

Signed and shared, thanks

Paula Hurley
.4 years ago

absolutely signed and will no longer shop at Macy's or Target......already do not shop at the rest mentioned. Thanks for the opportunity to do this!

Lindsey Williams
Lindsey Williams4 years ago

signed, thank you.

Rosemary G.
Rosemary G.4 years ago

Women should never find that their work place is dangerous. It's time we protect them all.

Yvette S.
Past Member 4 years ago

Signed.Will go one step further and hereby declare I am boycotting these places of business immediately

BOYCOTT Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s Lands’ End, and Hanes..' to immediately end the sexual and physical abuse of thousands of women.'

Hit them in the only place they live..their profits !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!