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Resource ID: #16158
Subject: Labor
Source: ABC News 20/20
Date: 1999-05-24



ABC News 20/20 reports "the second part of a two-year investigation into the abuse of human rights on the island of Saipan, a US trust territory in the South Pacific. (This is a follow up to the ... story "Made in the U.S.A (file 15202), which aired in 1998.) Upon returning to Saipan, Ross and Schwartz found that the same loopholes in the law that permitted American garment manufacturers to exploit imported, indentured Chines labor were now being used to operate a thriving sex business.... In addition, ABC reporter Brian Ross personally confronted retail giants Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, whose companies do great amounts of business in Saipan factories, about the lack of follow-up to their earlier promises to end human rights abuses... And finally with the use of undercover video ABC News documented how businessmen on the island believed themselves to be safe from reform because of the backing of US Representative Tom DeLay, the powerful minority whip of the US Congress.."

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