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Is Victoria's Secret Sweatshop Labor?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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PROJECT SWEATSHOP Klum, Bangladeshi worker (Photo: Getty Images)

With all the shiny angel supermodels prancing around in thongs and pillow talk of curve-enhancing bras, lingerie giant Victoria's Secret seems pretty innocuous. Well, except for the fact that it's produced by Bangladeshi workers in Jordan who are subjected to totally harsh conditions that don't sound remotely sensual.

Sure, we know a lot of the crap we buy is assembled by compromised foreign workers, and yet we buy it because that's what America is all about. Or something. But there's something rather sad about reports in WWD today that sewers at D.K. Garments, a subcontractor for Victoria's Secret, were "slapped and beaten, not paid their full overtime pay and labored from 7 a.m. to as late as 10 p.m., seven days a week with one day off every three or four months."

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