Protect Children in the Fashion Industry from Exploitation
As someone who was abused as a child model, I am calling for the Department of Labor to define and enforce labor protections in the fashion industry. 54% of models begin working on or before the age of sixteen. Agencies start recruiting at age thirteen. Many of the pictures in your favorite fashion magazines are little girls dressed up to look like women. Indentured to their agencies, young models often return home from far away locales traumatized and with little to no compensation. The global clothing and textiles industry now generates upward of 2.5 trillion dollars a year. Fashion can afford to offer positive work environments for ALL employees. Please join me in helping to improve labor conditions for these young workers by compelling our government to create a federal law.
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