Despite government claims to have “banned” forced child labor, Uzbekistan’s children are not been spared their annual mandatory work in the cotton fields this year. And once again, the government, through the local education departments, is the one forcing them to go.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 mandated the DOL to produce a list of goods worldwide produced with trafficked and forced labor. Today the DOL released a list of 122 products from 58 countries, and among them, cotton from Uzbekistan. See the report at the DOL’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs page: http://www.dol.gov/ilab/.