LONDON – New research claims to have found a significant risk of forced labour, child labour and child slavery in tier 1 textile mills in Vietnam which are exporting to western apparel brands. The findings call on the European Union to “set higher standards for those who it chooses to trade with,” and for it to use its current trading negotiations with Vietnam to press the government on labour rights issues in the country. Vietnam is one of the top three textile exporters in the world which, along with Bangladesh, has grown its garment and textile sectors significantly in recent years as China has moved into higher added value products.
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