Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kardashian family face claims of using 'Slave Labour' to produce Fashion Line

The Kardashian sisters are facing claims that their multimillion-dollar fashion empire is produced in 'inhumane' Chinese sweatshops.

Star magazine revealed that a Human Rights watch organization has launched an investigation into the working conditions of the factories where the reality stars' K-Dash by Kardashian label and Kris Jenner Kollection are manufactured. Both lines are sold on the home-shopping network QVC. They are also looking into ShoeDazzle, a company which Kim cofounded.

The Kardashians' publicist Jill Fritzo responded to the allegations, saying that the family were taking the claims 'very seriously'. 

'This is the first we are hearing about it and take it very seriously as we would never condone this. We are presently investigating the situation, she said'.  

According to Star magazine, all three lines are manufactured in regions in China where "government regulations are often ignored and workers are subject to inhumane conditions.

Executive director of China Labor Watch Li Qiang told Star, "People like the Kardashians are producing their products in China because they will get more profit, since the labor cost is so low compared to the United States and other countries."

The weekly claims that workers in the factories earn $1 an hour and work in non-air conditioned factories which are compared to minimum-security prisons.

The executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights Charles Kernaghan described the horrific conditions of factories in the Guangdong region of China and urged the family to manufacture their products elsewhere. 

Kris Jenner tells TMZ ... the factories manufacture a number of products unrelated to Kardashian lines.  Jenner adds, "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."   Kris says she has not visited the factories in China.

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