RadarOnline reported via a Star magazine exclusive that the Kardashians' products are made in sweatshops with the use of child labor.
The Kardashian family is reportedly endorsing and selling fashion products made in foreign sweatshops. Laborers, who can be as young as 16-years-old, toil away making the goods while suffering various forms of abuse and virtual imprisonment.
Now, a human-rights organization has launched an investigation into the Kardashian products, stating that this is capitalization from slave labor.
The Kardashians are in bed with some pretty bad people, Charles Kernaghan, the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, told Star. 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.
While some of the Kardashian brands are not included, several brands of their brands are facing scrutiny. RadarOnline cites the high-end K-Dash by Kardashian label and the Kris Jenner Kollection as well as ShoeDazzle, a company that Kim co-founded and continues to endorse.
All of these lines are manufactured in China where government regulations are lax and/or ignored. Thus, workers labor in merciless environments.
Li Qiang, the executive director of China Labor Watch, said that money is the goal and human rights are ignored. People like the Kardashians are producing their products in China because they will get more profit, since the labor cost is so low compared to the United States and other countries, he told Star magazine.
Kim has been very fortunate, but it's time for her and her family to treat these workers with respect, said Charles Kernaghan.
Kim, for example, could say, 'It ain't going to be all about me, me and me.' She could do something and not leave behind a broken mess of women and children. If she took a stand and said, 'I want to manufacture my products in Chicago or Los Angeles, where I can ensure people humane conditions,' she would be taking the right stand.
Sweatshop workers often live in squalid factory-run dorms. They might work up to 84 hours a week, earning just $1 an hour, in factories akin to minimum-security prisons.
Kernaghan described the region as a scary place with brutal environmental conditions. Temperatures inside the factories can soar well beyond 100°F on hot summer days. There is no air conditioning to be found.
Many only leave with $15 in their pocket each month after rent and food debts are paid to bosses.
You can't talk during working hours, Kernaghan adds. 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.
To pose a stark comparison, last year the Kardashians raked in $65 million.