Victoria’s Secret is in the center of a huge scandal in the United States, after the media reported that this fashion house used the cotton picked by children exploited in the farms of Burkina Faso on the 2008 underwear line. In Burkina Faso, where child labor is endemic, paying premiums for organic and fair-trade cotton has created fresh incentives for exploitation.
Despite labels that say that these items were manufactured from” pesticide free cotton” Victoria’s Secret used cotton fibers from African farms that exploit children. “Good for women. Good for the children that depend on them” was the slogan used by Victoria’s secret to release, in 2008, a line of special underwear items.
Victoria’s Secret even took pride in the fact that each sold item will improve the life and children from Burkina Faso.
Forced labor and child labor aren’t new to African farms. Clarisse’s cotton, the product of both, is supposed to be different. It’s certified as organic and fair trade, and so should be free of such practices.