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Fashion's Indirect Impact on Children

As millions of adults work in insecure work for low pay in the fashion industry this has an impact on their children. This includes children separated from their parents; children responsible for caring for the household; children unable to access decent medical care.

One in eight adult workers currently work in some aspect of textile and garment production, from cotton farming to garment manufacturing. Research by the International Labour Organization suggests that 35% to 45% of these workers are unlikely to earn even the minimum wage and up to 181 million are in vulnerable and insecure work.

Global data does not yet exist on how these conditions affect the children of these workers. However investigations into specific aspects of the fashion industry are …

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