Are the clothes you’re wearing tainted with child slavery? The answer could be yes, considering that Uzbekistan is the third top exporter—and sixth top producer—of cotton in the world. There is evidence that in the Uzbek cotton industry, children are pulled out of school during harvesting season, to work in the fields under hazardous conditions for minimal or no pay. To make matters worse, the European Union continues to grant tax breaks to Uzbekistan’s cotton imports.
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