Even though most of us are completely in love with fast fashion – low prices, trendy clothes – it definitely has a dark side to it. Recently there have been made allegations that because of strict and short-timed deadlines in the fast fashion industry women are constantly being sexually and physically abused, according to unions and rights groups. Over 540 workers in factories that supply fast fashion giants GAP and H&M have reported that they have been harassed at work. It is nothing else but a consequence of the pressure to produce as many products in the least time possible for the cheapest possible price in such countries as India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Even though there have been many claims of abuse in previously mentioned workplaces, according to Tola Moeun, director of Central Cambodia, an NGO involved in the research, this is the daily reality of female garment makers in the fast fashion industry and “most of these cases are not reported due to fear of retaliation in the workplace.”