A 10 year-old boy was reportedly filmed making clothes for Gap shops in Europe and the US, as part of an investigation by the Observer newspaper.
The boy said he had been sold to a factory owner by his family, and worked for four months without pay. Another boy of 12 said children were beaten if bosses thought they were not working hard enough, the paper reported.
Gap said that the only item involved was a girl's smock blouse. Gap North America president Marka Hansen said: “We strictly prohibit the use of child labour. This is a non-negotiable for us and we are deeply concerned and upset by this allegation. As we’ve demonstrated in the past, Gap has a history of addressing challenges like this head-on, and our approach to this situation will be no exception.”
“In 2006, Gap Inc. ceased business with 23 factories due to code violations. We have 90 people located around the world whose job is to ensure compliance with our Code of Vendor Conduct.
As soon as we were alerted to this situation, we stopped the work order and prevented the product from being sold in stores."