Gap says it cuts off ties with vendors using child labor

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A spokesman for the Gap clothing chain says the company takes "extremely seriously" a violation of its policies against child labor.

A British newspaper says it found children as young as 10 making clothes in a sweatshop in India -- clothes that the Gap chain planned to sell in the West.

A Gap spokesman says the company is "willing to end relationships with vendors" when they don't meet the company's standards.

He says the company requires its suppliers to guarantee that they won't use child labor to produce garments. According to the spokesman, Gap stopped working with 23 factories last year because of violations found by its inspectors.

The newspaper, The Observer, quoted children as saying they had been sold to the sweatshop by their families in India, and that they wouldn't be allowed to leave until they had repaid that fee. Some were working as long as 16 hours a day to hand-sew clothing.

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