A 14-year-old girl who has started homebased tailoring work subcontracted by factories during the pandemic. Photo: Shamsheer Yousaf
A 14-year-old girl who has started homebased tailoring work subcontracted by factories during the pandemic. Photo: Shamsheer Yousaf

In India’s T-shirt factory of the world, Covid-19 puts clock back 20 years on child labour

  • The garment hub of Tiruppur in India employs 700,000 and exports up to US$4 billion annually to global brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, and Gap
  • Until recently, it had been making progress in eliminating child labour. Then Covid-19 came along

A 14-year-old girl who has started homebased tailoring work subcontracted by factories during the pandemic. Photo: Shamsheer Yousaf
A 14-year-old girl who has started homebased tailoring work subcontracted by factories during the pandemic. Photo: Shamsheer Yousaf
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