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    Oxfam Blasts Australian Fashion Brands for ‘Exploitation’

    In a new report, the charity condemns the country’s $16 billion fashion industry for the “systemic exploitation” of laborers whose work is sold at major stores such as Kmart, Target and Big W. Researchers interviewed more than 130 factory bosses and 472 female workers in Vietnam and Bangladesh, where they uncovered the widespread problem of “poverty wages.” In some cases, the garments were safeguarded more than the workers.

    How much would better practices cost? An earlier study found that by paying universal living wages throughout the supply chain, the average retail price of one garment in Australia would rise by merely 1 percent.

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