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  • Tea’s maids: the tea pickers sold into slavery

    Tea’s maids: the tea pickers sold into slavery0

    GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN for The Observer Magazine Sunday 2 March 2014 A car, speeding through the crowded streets of Delhi. Inside, a phone is ringing. The voice on the line is that of a ghost, a girl who vanished into thin air three years ago. Somila was 16 when the traffickers lured her from the poverty of

  • Workers who are making Katy Perry eyelashes for 8p a pair

    Workers who are making Katy Perry eyelashes for 8p a pair0

    Gethin Chamberlain for The Sun on Sunday, 20 October 2013 THEY are this year’s must-have fashion accessory, but an investigation by The Sun on Sunday has lifted the lid on the false eyelash business – where women in Indonesia work for as little as 20P A DAY. The lashes are manufactured for Western companies then

  • Inside the Indian factory where workers churn out £200 handbags sported by Pippa Middleton for just 17p an hour

    Inside the Indian factory where workers churn out £200 handbags sported by Pippa Middleton for just 17p an hour0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Chennai, for The Mail on Sunday, 19 January 2013 IT is marketed as the very best of British, a handbag that has become the season’s must-have accessory after capturing the heart of Pippa Middleton. But what Modalu London’s thousands of admirers may not realise is that their favourite brand has hired a

  • ‘They’re killing us’: world’s most endangered tribe cries for help

    ‘They’re killing us’: world’s most endangered tribe cries for help0

    Logging companies keen to exploit Brazil’s rainforest have been accused by human rights organisations of using gunmen to wipe out the Awá, a tribe of just 355. Survival International, with backing from Colin Firth, is campaigning to stop what a judge referred to as ‘genocide’ Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 22 April 2012 Trundling along

  • Olympic brands caught up in abuse scandal

    Olympic brands caught up in abuse scandal0

    While Adidas, Nike and Puma make millions out of the Games, their employees are claiming exploitation Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 3 March 2012 Workers producing sportswear for Olympic sponsors Adidas, Nike and Puma are beaten, verbally abused, underpaid and overworked in Bangladeshi sweatshops, a shocking investigation has discovered. Workers for all three companies had been

  • Disney factory faces probe into sweatshop suicide claims

    Disney factory faces probe into sweatshop suicide claims0

    Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 27 August 2011 DISNEY’S best-selling Cars toys are being made in a factory in China that uses child labour and forces staff to do three times the amount of overtime allowed by law, according to an investigation. One worker reportedly killed herself after being repeatedly shouted at by bosses. Others cited

  • Were Kate’s favourite dresses made in 6p an hour sweatshop?

    Were Kate’s favourite dresses made in 6p an hour sweatshop?0

    Bangladeshi workers claim they are slaves to make dresses for brand favoured by Kate and Pippa Middleton Gethin Chamberlain, for The Sunday People, 17 July 2011 THE harrowing human cost of clothes that workers claim are made for one of Kate Middleton’s favourite high street shops is today exposed by The People. In an investigation

  • Monsoon’s internal audits reveal suppliers used child labour and underpaid workers

    Monsoon’s internal audits reveal suppliers used child labour and underpaid workers0

    Monsoon, the fashion retailer, proclaims its fair trade values, but its internal audits reveal concern at suppliers’ failures to meet minimum ethical standards in India and China Gethin Chamberlain, in Delhi, for The Observer Monsoon, the fashion chain that pioneered ethical shopping, has used suppliers in India who employ child labour and pay workers below the

  • Gap, Next and M&S in new sweatshop scandal

    Gap, Next and M&S in new sweatshop scandal0

    Indian workers are paid just 25p an hour and forced to work overtime in factories used by some of Britain’s best-known high street stores Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 8 August 2010 Some of the biggest names on the British high street are at the centre of a major sweatshop scandal. An Observer investigation has

  • Jordan’s perfume bottled by workers paid £2.05 per day

    Jordan’s perfume bottled by workers paid £2.05 per day0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Mumbai, for The Observer, 13 June 2010 Workers at a factory in India have been paid just 26p an hour to make perfume bottles for England World Cup sponsor Umbro and the glamour model Katie Price, better known as Jordan. An Observer investigation found that the 7,000 employees at the factory in Gujarat

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  • The grim truth of Chinese factories producing the West’s Christmas toys

    The grim truth of Chinese factories producing the West’s Christmas toys0

    Investigation exposes low wages, hazardous chemicals and overtime beyond legal limits Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 4 December 2016 Xiao Fang thinks she’s one of the luckier workers making Barbie dolls for the Christmas market at the Mattel toy factory in Chang’an. True, she says, she works 11-hour days, six days a week, and shares

  • Apple’s Chinese workers treated ‘inhumanely, like machines’

    Apple’s Chinese workers treated ‘inhumanely, like machines’0

    Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 1 May 2011 An investigation into the conditions of Chinese workers has revealed the shocking human cost of producing the must-have Apple iPhones and iPads that are now ubiquitous in the west. The research, carried out by two NGOs, has revealed disturbing allegations of excessive working hours and draconian workplace

  • ‘They’re killing us’: world’s most endangered tribe cries for help

    ‘They’re killing us’: world’s most endangered tribe cries for help0

    Logging companies keen to exploit Brazil’s rainforest have been accused by human rights organisations of using gunmen to wipe out the Awá, a tribe of just 355. Survival International, with backing from Colin Firth, is campaigning to stop what a judge referred to as ‘genocide’ Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 22 April 2012 Trundling along

  • Tea’s maids: the tea pickers sold into slavery

    Tea’s maids: the tea pickers sold into slavery0

    GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN for The Observer Magazine Sunday 2 March 2014 A car, speeding through the crowded streets of Delhi. Inside, a phone is ringing. The voice on the line is that of a ghost, a girl who vanished into thin air three years ago. Somila was 16 when the traffickers lured her from the poverty of

  • Were Kate’s favourite dresses made in 6p an hour sweatshop?

    Were Kate’s favourite dresses made in 6p an hour sweatshop?0

    Bangladeshi workers claim they are slaves to make dresses for brand favoured by Kate and Pippa Middleton Gethin Chamberlain, for The Sunday People, 17 July 2011 THE harrowing human cost of clothes that workers claim are made for one of Kate Middleton’s favourite high street shops is today exposed by The People. In an investigation

  • Gap, Next and M&S in new sweatshop scandal

    Gap, Next and M&S in new sweatshop scandal0

    Indian workers are paid just 25p an hour and forced to work overtime in factories used by some of Britain’s best-known high street stores Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 8 August 2010 Some of the biggest names on the British high street are at the centre of a major sweatshop scandal. An Observer investigation has

  • Workers who are making Katy Perry eyelashes for 8p a pair

    Workers who are making Katy Perry eyelashes for 8p a pair0

    Gethin Chamberlain for The Sun on Sunday, 20 October 2013 THEY are this year’s must-have fashion accessory, but an investigation by The Sun on Sunday has lifted the lid on the false eyelash business – where women in Indonesia work for as little as 20P A DAY. The lashes are manufactured for Western companies then

  • Olympic brands caught up in abuse scandal

    Olympic brands caught up in abuse scandal0

    While Adidas, Nike and Puma make millions out of the Games, their employees are claiming exploitation Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 3 March 2012 Workers producing sportswear for Olympic sponsors Adidas, Nike and Puma are beaten, verbally abused, underpaid and overworked in Bangladeshi sweatshops, a shocking investigation has discovered. Workers for all three companies had been

  • That’s rich! Starbucks paying staff 25p an hour in new Indian cafes

    That’s rich! Starbucks paying staff 25p an hour in new Indian cafes0

    Tax row coffee chain pays ‘poverty wages’ despite making £222 million profit in three months Gethin Chamberlain, in Mumbai, for The Sunday Mirror, 10 November 2012 TAX row coffee chain Starbucks is paying workers just 25p an hour at its newly-opened stores in India. The pittance falls far below the country’s official living wage and

  • Disney factory faces probe into sweatshop suicide claims

    Disney factory faces probe into sweatshop suicide claims0

    Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 27 August 2011 DISNEY’S best-selling Cars toys are being made in a factory in China that uses child labour and forces staff to do three times the amount of overtime allowed by law, according to an investigation. One worker reportedly killed herself after being repeatedly shouted at by bosses. Others cited

  • Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

    Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides0

    As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 26 November 2017 It was the flood that ensured that Ntonya’s first year as a teenager would also be the first year of her married life. Up

  • How poverty wages for tea pickers fuel India’s trade in child slavery

    How poverty wages for tea pickers fuel India’s trade in child slavery0

    Millions of Brits drink a cup of Assam tea each day, but it comes at a terrible price. Plantation workers on 12p an hour are easy prey for traffickers who lure away their daughters to India’s cities. Now pressure is growing on big tea brands to safeguard better pay Gethin Chamberlain in Assam, for The

  • The human safari: the tribe that became a tourist attraction.

    The human safari: the tribe that became a tourist attraction.0

    Jarawa people at risk from disease, predatory sex and exploitation as tourist convoys crowd the road through their jungle Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 7 January 2012 “Dance,” the policeman instructed. The girls in front of him, naked from the waist up, obeyed. A tourist’s camera panned round to another young woman, also naked and

  • Hey Alexa: does Amazon use underpaid and exhausted workers to make its Echo and Kindle?

    Hey Alexa: does Amazon use underpaid and exhausted workers to make its Echo and Kindle?0

    In the Chinese city of Hengyang, we find a fatigued, disposable workforce assembling gadgets for Amazon, owned by the world’s richest man. by Gethin Chamberlain in Hengyang, China, 9 Jun 2018 Five o’clock in the morning and the young woman’s eyelids are drooping. All night she has been removing spots of dust from Amazon smartspeakers with a toothbrush. Time

  • EXCLUSIVE: Doctors ‘used nine-year-olds as human guinea pigs’ for a new cervical cancer vaccine… and they suffered side-effects including nausea, dizziness and weight-loss

    EXCLUSIVE: Doctors ‘used nine-year-olds as human guinea pigs’ for a new cervical cancer vaccine… and they suffered side-effects including nausea, dizziness and weight-loss0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Indore, India, for MailOnline, 12 January 2015 Children as young as nine suffered side-effects after being used as unwitting human guinea pigs for a new multi-billion pound anti-cervical cancer drug, it has been claimed. The new anti-cancer drug has just been approved for use in the United States and is due to

  • The expensive ‘Italian’ shoes made for a pittance in east European sweatshops

    The expensive ‘Italian’ shoes made for a pittance in east European sweatshops0

    A troubling study claims that workers producing UK high street brands are enduring low pay and poor conditions Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 21 August 2016 Campaigners claim millions of shoppers are being led to believe the expensive shoes they buy in high-street stores are made in Germany and Italy – when many are actually

  • Orangutans fight for survival as thirst for palm oil devastates rainforests

    Orangutans fight for survival as thirst for palm oil devastates rainforests0

    Palm oil plantations are destroying the Sumatran apes’ habitat, leaving just 200 of the animals struggling for existence Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 15 December 2013 Even in the first light of dawn in the Tripa swamp forest of Sumatra it is clear that something is terribly wrong. Where there should be lush foliage stretching away