The Kardashian family have found themselves being accused of using ‘appalling’ Chinese factories using child slave labour for three of their fashion lines including K – Dash, the Kris Jenner Kollection and ShoeDazzle.
A U.S. congressman has criticised the Kardashian sisters after he made a claim they are using Chinese sweatshops to produce items for three of their fashion line under child slave labour and strict working hours for the workers involved.
Speaking to Radaronline.com California Rep Dana Rohrabacher told them: “They don’t give a damn about the American people.”
He added: “By going to China in order to make a $65million profit instead of a $10million profit you are effectively thumbing your nose at the American people.”
The report was published by U.S. magazine Star which featured an article in its latest issue on factory workers in Guandong working for 84 hours a week and earning as little as $1 an hour in conditions that were described as ‘minimum-security prisons’.
Executive director of the Instistute for Global Labour and Human Rights, Charles Kernaghan was quoted as describing the circumstances some workers find themselves in: “You can’t listen to music; you can’t stand up and stretch. You can’t even put your head up and look around, or you will be screamed at.
“If you get permission to use the toilet, you get four minutes. If you’re highly specialized, you cannot even go to the bathroom.”
He also added that workers would be forced to work in in the summer with 100 ˚F temperatures.
Later after the story was published Kernaghan denied that he knows any information of the Kardashians using child slave labour and workers being forced to work under harsh policies. Instead he said his quotes have been taken out of context as one of them were: “The Kardashians are in bed with some pretty bad people … Not only are celebrities like the Kardashians taking advantage of these workers, they are holding hands with a government that spits on democracy and women’s rights.”
Kernaghan has said he has never personally visited any of the factories that the Kardashians have used but his claims were based on speculations on what he knows of factories in China.
He told Daily News: “We’re still going forward with the investigation, and I would be completely flabbergasted if they’re good factories. Workers typically work 12 hours a day and still go back to filthy dormitories, enduring 100-degree heat.
“If we can get people into these factories, I feel we’ll find something.”
One of the companies ShoeDazzle that use the same factories as the Kardashian family and have also worked with Kim Kardashian on her fashion line and denied that the factories are ‘brutal’ sweatshops. In a statement they said: “This issue of child labor is of paramount importance to us. We’ve been very focused on this from the very beginning.”
Speaking to TMZ.com momager Kris Jenner said: “As far as I know, the factories that are used to manufacture the Kardashian clothing and shoes have nothing terrible going on at all. The factories are very well policed and meet factory standards.”
A spokesman for the family Jill Fritzo told Daily News the Kardashian family are taking the allegations very seriously and are looking into it: “They absolutely have no knowledge of this and would never condone this, which is why we checked this out when it was brought to our attention today.”
A representative for the Kardashian clan also told ABC: “They take this situation very seriously and have been assured by all of their manufacturers that the factories are policed regularly and there is no truth to these allegations.
“That said, we are continuing to investigate the matter and if there is any evidence of an illegal operation, then they will cease work with that manufacturer immediately.”