December 22, 2011- The Kardashian family of reality show and glamour fame was hit hard by allegations from an organization on human rights. The group alleges that clothing lines that bare the family name are made in sweatshops in China. The organization said employees of the sweatshops are abused and practically imprisoned.
The group, the Institute of Global Labor and Human Rights, said the Kardashians are mixed up with some bad people and it would be shocking even if the factories were half way decent, as that is not how things operate inside China.
The group’s executive director Charles Kernaghan said an investigation into the operations of the factories where the Kardashian line is manufactured had begun.
The family is said to have earned over $65 million in 2010 highlighting their lavish lifestyle across television screens worldwide. Through the family spokesperson, they said the accusations were very serious.
The human rights group’s executive director said, “Employees cannot speak during working hours, there is no music allowed and employees cannot stand and stretch their limbs.” He added, “You are not even allowed to pick your head up and gaze around the room unless you want to be screamed at, and toilet breaks if approved, are for only four minutes.”
Factory employees last year were paid eight cents per shirt for the Kardashian clothing line. The workers often times put in 12-hour shifts, six days per week at a wage of $1.75 per hour.