Monitoring slave labor in Brazil’s fast-fashion industry

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Fast-fashion: clothing factory shut down by labor prosecutors. Photo: EBC

The use of slave labor in the fast-fashion industry has been a recurring object of scrutiny. The 2015 documentary “The True Cost” offers a glimpse into the gruesome working conditions that some factory workers often endure. That same year, British comedian John Oliver aired a segment on his irreverent news magazine show Last Week Tonight questioning why consumers rush to buy stylish dresses for USD 4.95 without ever pondering how clothing could be sold so cheaply.

The “I had no idea” card is often the preferred excuse for looking the other way. Not in Brazil.

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