Kardashian Fortune:
Blood Money

The Kardashians have built their fortune on the backs of slaves, claims a new report. Is it true? Read on to find out the details.

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.

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The exposé, courtesy Star magazine, reveals that the Kardashians have turned their backs on human rights for the sake of the almighty dollar.

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"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.

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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."

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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."

Tell us: Will you still buy Kardashian products?

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Comments on "The Kardashians use slave labor to make their riches"

cassy March 11, 2012 | 9:28 PM

i think america is to greedy we were formed off of greed and we will end with greed im a working mom of 7 kids and i dont even catch as much hell for my lifestyle as some of these famous people just because something is posted on some paper somewhere doesnt mean its true. We may be driven by our greed but were not morons. Unless you see something with your own eyes or hear it with your own ear let it roll off your back and move on. We as a nation have alot better things to do than try to sue the rich and ignore the poor.

DianaC December 22, 2011 | 10:13 PM

Hope it's not true BUT, why aren't they having their clothing line made in America? It's all about greed, that's usually why companies go to these countries that don't have strict labor laws. It's a shame

JC December 21, 2011 | 9:59 PM

I will not and never have bought a Kartrashian product,but I have spent tons of money on QVC since 1980's. If the Kartrashians are still hawking their ugly,cheap crap on there I will end my shopping rlationship with QVC,and so will all I know.That ship has sailed long ago. The Kardashiams have overstayed their welcome. People are repulsed by them.

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