This Image Is Not Endorsed By Gulnara Karimova

by Joshua Foust on 10/15/2011 · 5 comments

All of your knew I was going to come across Uzbek cotton at some point, didn’t you?

Also, I didn’t purchase this, I found it at a friend’s flat, and so I can’t be blamed for funding the exploitation of those delicate little child cotton-picking fingers—my friends can be. So blame them.

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Kirstin October 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Awful people, really.

Marsha October 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Could you please be more specific where you see the note that the cotton was picked up by the children in Uzbekistan? I hope you can read and the tag says that this product is certified and hygiene-appropriate.

Metin October 16, 2011 at 3:13 am

good for you didn’t purchase that. Though, if you want to play fair, do not be selective and boycott cotton products from China, India, Latin America. They are made with delicate child cotton-picking fingers and children there are more deprived from education.

Michael Wells October 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I was just in Uzbekistan and there were indeed children picking cotton. But then everyone in the growing regions picks cotton. I talked to a UN worker who said the local clinic closed down so the medical staff could work in the fields. What I saw more of than children were elderly women picking.

Reminds me of growing up in Central California in the 1950’s, when agriculture was exempt from child labor laws. And America’s long school summer holidays and daylight savings time were both instituted so kids could work in the fields or orchards.

Gill November 3, 2011 at 5:28 am

Not only is this cotton tainted by the hands of young children, the ruling Karimov family rubs salt into the wound by buying mansions in Switzerland with the profits! Plus they use a lawyer in Geneva, Gerard de Cerjat, to cover their tracks.

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