• How can Lidl sell jeans for £5.99? Easy … pay people 23p an hour to make them

    How can Lidl sell jeans for £5.99? Easy … pay people 23p an hour to make them0

    Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 12 March 2016. Abracadabra! “Jean genie Lidl magics up £5.99 denims,” shouted the headline in a newspaper last weekend as it extolled the brilliance of the cut-price supermarket chain in once again undercutting its rivals. The German retailer, it explained, was continuing its assault on the traditional supermarket giants by targeting the

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  • India targets the traffickers who sell children into slavery

    India targets the traffickers who sell children into slavery0

    Up to 200,000 children a year fall into the hands of slave traders in India, many sold by their poverty-stricken parents for as little as £11. Now a group of activists has set out to rescue them from a life in the sweatshops of Delhi Gethin Chamberlain in Katihar, India, for The Observer, 5 August

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • ‘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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • No food, no money: conflict and chaos as South Sudan grapples with famine

    No food, no money: conflict and chaos as South Sudan grapples with famine0

    The rains are now falling, but on a country where people cannot work their fields because of fighting and where food prices are escalating beyond their reach Gethin Chamberlain for The Guardian, 15 July 2017 The tape measure wound around the arm of two-year old Apiu tells its own story. Under the traffic light system

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  • Two million slum children die every year as India booms

    Two million slum children die every year as India booms0

    India’s growing status as an economic superpower is masking a failure to stem a shocking rate of infant deaths among its poorest people. Gethin Chamberlain in Delhi, for The Observer, 4 October 2009 Nearly two million children under five die every year in India – one every 15 seconds – the highest number anywhere in the world.

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  • A nation adrift

    A nation adrift0

    The National, 19 September 2010 The floods that continue to submerge swathes of Pakistan have marooned hundreds of thousands of people on small islands of high ground. Gethin Chamberlain accompanies a rescue mission in Sindh province. THERE is a small boy, standing up to his waist in the flood water, staring at the boats that have pulled

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  • Family’s tragic tale is a reality for millions as South Sudan is gripped by famine and civil war

    Family’s tragic tale is a reality for millions as South Sudan is gripped by famine and civil war0

    The Sunday People travels to the heart of the stricken country with British charity Plan International UK and meets Chagai and her family who, like many others, face starvation Gethin Chamberlain, for The Sunday People, 24 June 2017 Baby Nyandiar’s eyes are full of hope but it is clear, even at first glance, that she

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  • How high street clothes were made by children in Myanmar for 13p an hour

    How high street clothes were made by children in Myanmar for 13p an hour0

    Children of 14 were working a six-day week Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 5 February 2017 Children as young as 14 have been employed to make clothes for some of the most popular names on the UK high street, according to a new report. New Look, Sports Direct’s Lonsdale brand and H&M have all used

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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

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  • Kanye West’s £150 Yeezy trainers are made by Chinese workers earning just £147 a MONTH

    Kanye West’s £150 Yeezy trainers are made by Chinese workers earning just £147 a MONTH0

    Apache Footwear staff are paid the equivalent of 85p an hour based on a five-day week to make the star’s Adidas trainers  Gethin Chamberlain for The Daily Mirror, 12 April 2017 Factory workers making Kanye West ’s new Adidas trainers are paid just £147 a month, £3 less than the price of the £150 sneakers.

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  • 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

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  • Suicide and suffering grip Europe’s nation of orphans

    Suicide and suffering grip Europe’s nation of orphans0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Iasi, Romania, for The Sunday Telegraph, 25 March 2007 THE HEADMASTER glanced around the classroom. “Hands up, those of you with parents who are working abroad,” he told them. A forest of arms shot up; out of a class of 21 pupils at the school in Liteni in northern Romania, only three children

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  • Where a baby girl is a mother’s awful shame

    Where a baby girl is a mother’s awful shame0

    Over the past 20 years in India, 10 million female babies have been aborted. The pressure to have sons is terrifying – mothers who bear daughters are beaten or cast aside by husbands and in-laws desperate to escape the financial burden of a girl’s dowry. Now mothers are being urged to ‘save the girl child’

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  • South Sudan

    South Sudan0

    South Sudan became the world’s newest country in 2011 but within two years fighting had broken out between Dinka loyal to President Salva Kiir and members of the Nuer tribe, supporting former vice-president Riek Machar. A combination of violence and drought devastated last year’s harvests, creating food shortages that have left 100,000 people facing famine

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  • Admit it. You love cheap clothes. And you don’t care about child slave labour.

    Admit it. You love cheap clothes. And you don’t care about child slave labour.4

    Despite a series of revelations for the Observer about the brutal conditions in garment factories, companies, western consumers and India are still complicit in turning a blind eye Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 28 July 2013 Until three years ago I did not believe in magic. But that was before I began investigating how western brands

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  • The Red Brigade: the women of India fight back

    The Red Brigade: the women of India fight back0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Lucknow, India, for The National, 6 April 2013 THE young women stride out along the dusty street that cuts through the Madiyav slum. Their bright red uniforms glow in the late afternoon sun and there is no mistaking their air of confidence. Since the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student

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  • 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

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  • Child victims of the battle to end a bloody civil war

    Child victims of the battle to end a bloody civil war0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Special report for The Guardian, 25 May, 2009 Lying howling on a torn mattress, in a cot by a window overlooking the Sri Lankan ­capital, Colombo, the wounded toddler was a pitiful sight. A female relative fretted, trying to calm the girl down as the medics worked around her.

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