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Stopping Forced Child Labour in the Cotton Industry January 14, 2008 3:57 AM


EJF, a UK registered charity who works internationally to defend evironmental security and protect basic human rights, has been working since 2005 aiming to end forced child labour in Uzbekistan.

By working with grassroot organizations, EJF has been able to expose the reality of the situation, creating awareness amongst consumers and pressing retailers to stop purchasing cotton from Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan is the third top exporter of cotton generating $1 billion a year. It is estimated that  200,000 children are forced by the governrment to endure back breaking labour, earning no more than $2 a day.

In 2007, EJF collaborated with Christian Lacroix, Betty Jackson and Luella to design t-shirts made from 100% organic cotton where fair practice is used and no child labour is inolved in its production.

This year, EJF is collaborating with Caramel, a London based childrenswear design company, that has produced children's t-shirts around the subject of child, lost innocence and hope. The t-shirts will be shown in  the biggest childrenswear event of the year,the Bubble kids show in London , on January 22-23, 2008.

Through the reports and the collaboration with designers, EJF has managed to bring the situation to light allowing you as a consumer to press retailers to not purchase clothes produced with Uzbek cotton.

EJF has produced White Gold: The True Cost of Cotton, an award winning documentary and three key reports which can be found for free at

So what can you do to help?

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