Ask Wal-Mart to Stop Sexual Abuses in Its Supplier in Jordan
Please sign onto the joint letter to Wal-Mart, which we then will be copied to the other labels.
Mike Duke, CEO
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
702 SW Eighth Street
Bentonville, AR 72716-8611
CC: Richard A. Noll, CEO, Hanesbrands Inc.; R Lawrence Montgomery, CEO, Kohl's Department Stores, Inc.; Terry J. Lundgren, Macy's Inc.; Gregg W. Steinhafel, CEO, Target Corporation; Wesley Card, CEO, The Jones Group Inc.; Nick Coe, CEO, Lands' End, Inc.
RE: Please Bring An End to Sexual Abuses in Your Supplier Factories in Jordan
Dear Mr. Duke,
We are horrified and deeply outraged that scores of young women guest workers from Sri Lanka are being sexually abused and repeatedly raped while sewing clothing for Wal-Mart at your supplier factory, Classic Fashion, in Jordan. At least one rape victim was tortured: She told us her assailant violently bit her, leaving scars all over her body. Rape victims who become pregnant are fired and forcibly deported to Sri Lanka. Workers who refuse the sexual advances of Classic managers are also beaten and threatened with deportation. Classic supervisors routinely beat the women, throw garments in their faces, and grope and fondle the young women to force them to meet excessive mandatory production goals. This cruel treatment has been going on for years. No one in the United States will tolerate such abuse.
We demand that Wal-Mart immediately send high-level representatives to Jordan for a large meeting with the Classic workers on Friday, June 17. While we can never undo the torture and suffering these young women have endured, we expect Wal-Mart to pay very significant compensation given the damages these rape victims have suffered over the course of years. It is imperative that these women be able to return with dignity to their families in Sri Lanka.
The Classic group of factories in Jordan must finally be brought into compliance with Jordanian law and the labor rights provisions of the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement.
Some Wal-Mart executives must have young daughters the same age as the young Sri Lankan rape victims. We appeal to you, stop the abuse.
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