You may want to think twice before purchasing a dress from Kim Kardashian's line K-Dash, that sweater from the Kris Jenner Kollection from QVC or signing up for the family's shopping service ShoeDazzle. A new report says that the Kardashian klan has made much of their millions off of the labor of foreign sweatshop workers who are abused and imprisoned to keep costs low -- and maximize profits.
The exposé, courtesy Star magazine, reveals that the Kardashians have turned their backs on human rights for the sake of the almighty dollar.
"The Kardashians are in bed with some pretty bad people," said Charles Kernaghan, the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. "Not only are celebrities like the Kardashians taking advantage of these workers, they are holding hands with a government that spits on democracy and women's rights."
The report found that the lines in question are produced in areas of China where there is little oversight on working conditions in factories, leading to severe human rights abuses -- all so they can make a few extra bucks.
Workers live in squalid dorms filled with sewage while working 84-hour weeks in what amount to "minimum security prisons," according to Kernaghan. Without air conditioning, temperatures can rise to over 100 degrees in the summer, and workers must repay their bosses for rent and food out of their $1 an hour salaries.
"Kim has been very fortunate, but it's time for her and her family to treat these workers with respect," Kernaghan said.
"Kim, for example, could say, 'It ain't going to be all about me, me and me.' She could do something and not leave behind a broken mess of women and children. If she took a stand and said, 'I want to manufacture my products in Chicago or Los Angeles, where I can ensure people humane conditions,' she would be taking the right stand."
However, reps for the family call the claims bunk. ShoeDazzle COO Deborah Benton told TMZ, "This issue of child labor is of paramount importance to us. We've been very focused on this from the very beginning."
She adds, "Factories are routinely inspected and always pass inspection."
Interesting, because no one said anything about child labor -- just adults being treated like slaves.
Kris Jenner added that, although she has not personally visited the so-called sweatshops, "As far as I know the factories that are used to manufacture the Kardashian clothing and shoes have nothing terrible going on at all and the factories are very well policed and meet factory standards."
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