Reports reveal that the lingerie giant used cotton picked by 'abused child slaves'
Victoria has another secret. Despite labels that certified its sleek panties and racy thongs were made from "pesticide-free, 10 per cent rain-fed cotton," the lingerie giant was using fiber picked from farms that relied on abused child labourers, according to a shocking new report.
The billion dollar brand's sexy and sensual image is being threatened by claims that its lingerie are made from cotton produced by children who are forced to work long hours for no pay.
According to Bloomberg News, about 25 million of the garments were made from cotton plucked in the searing sun by undernourished children who were beaten with branches.
Much of the report is based on a 2008 study indicating widespread abuse throughout the region that Victoria's Secret either ignored or never saw.
The abuse is described in detail by a 13-year-old girl named Clarisse Kambir �, a foster child who ends up in the care of an abusive farmer who.
"It's very, very hard,'' Clarisse said, "and he forces me to do it.''
She said, "He comes to beat me,'' she said, describing the lashes she receives across her back with a tree branch.
Tammy Roberts Myers, a spokeswoman for Victoria's Secret said executives were outraged by the charges. "Our standards specifically prohibit child labour. We are vigorously engaging with stakeholders to fully investigate this matter."