Jordania - Textile workers stripped of documents and abused (2011)

In April it was reported that around 200 migrant workers from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India, 75% of whom are women, were found to have been trafficked to the International British Garments factory - owned by the security company G4S - stripped of their passports and held under conditions of indentured servitude. Allegations of sexual harassment and rape of a young Sri Lankan woman were found credible, and workers reported that at least two of their colleagues were overworked to death.

The President of the General Trade Union of Workers in Textile Industries (GTUWTI) reportedly stated that their representatives were prevented by the company’s former general manager in Jordan from entering the company’s premises, but that they had been in secret contact with the workers. Despite the authorities having been informed of these complaints, nothing was done. According to reports, factory management punished any worker who contacted the GTUWTI.

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