A worker carries a pesticide sprayer on her back at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia in September 2018. Some workers use a yellow paste made of rice powder and a local root as a sunblock. Photo: AP A worker carries a pesticide sprayer on her back at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia in September 2018. Some workers use a yellow paste made of rice powder and a local root as a sunblock. Photo: AP
A worker carries a pesticide sprayer on her back at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia in September 2018. Some workers use a yellow paste made of rice powder and a local root as a sunblock. Photo: AP

Rape, abuse in palm oil fields supplying beauty brands like L’Oréal, Unilever, Avon

  • Women bear brunt of brutal toil at plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia linked to names including Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson
  • Such workers do some of the industry’s worst jobs, spending hours in tainted water and carrying loads so heavy that, over time, their wombs can collapse

Topic |   Food and agriculture
A worker carries a pesticide sprayer on her back at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia in September 2018. Some workers use a yellow paste made of rice powder and a local root as a sunblock. Photo: AP A worker carries a pesticide sprayer on her back at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia in September 2018. Some workers use a yellow paste made of rice powder and a local root as a sunblock. Photo: AP
A worker carries a pesticide sprayer on her back at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia in September 2018. Some workers use a yellow paste made of rice powder and a local root as a sunblock. Photo: AP
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