Child Labor, slave labor, and support for and profiting from the illegal occupation . . .
Illegal Occupation is not Fair Trade
“Most of Victoria’s Secret’s bras are produced by Delta Galil, Israel’s largest manufacturer of clothing and underwear. Much of the cotton for Victoria’s Secret’s products is grown on confiscated Palestinian land.” http://www.quitpalestine.org/actions/victoria/whoseunder.html
Delta Galil Industries has a warehouse in the Barkan Industrial Zone, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. It also runs stores in Ma'aleh Adumim and Pisgat Ze'ev — both in the illegally occupied territories. http://www.whoprofits.org/company/delta-galil-industries
Dov Lautman was a recipient of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement: http://www.haaretz.com/business/.premium-1.559711
Noam Lautman, Dov Lautman’s son, is now the chairman of the board of directors: http://deltagalil.com/company/board_of_directors/
Other brands Delta Galil’s products are sold under include: Barbie, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, J. C. Penney, Kmart, Maidenform, Marks & Spencer, Nicole Miller, Nike, Pierre Cardin, Tommy Hilfiger, Target, Wal-Mart, and Wilson. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Galil_Industries
Delta Galil’s sales for 2014 reached 1 billion. Their income is growing. We are not boycotting hard enough! http://deltagalil.com/ir/ Also see: http://deltagalil.com/delta-galil-reports-strong-performance-third-quarter-2014/
Child and Slave Labor
“Victoria's Secret, Slave Labor And So-Called ‘Free Trade’:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-tasini/victorias-secret-slave-la_b_74261.html
“Victoria's Secret exploits child labor . . . Even the so-called ‘organic’ and ‘free-trade’ cotton that Victoria's Secret claims to use was hand-picked by child slaves. Physical, emotional, and psychological abuse is not uncommon in the 100+hr workweek that many marginalized workers face behind the scenes of Victoria's Secrets' factories. This is illegal, deceitful, and inhumane.” http://www.joojooazad.com/2014/12/victorias-3-dirty-little-secrets.html
Other Objections to Victoria’s Secret
Christians call for a boycott:
Feminist protest objectification of women:
Native Americans have called for a boycott because of racist stereotypes:
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/11/15/victorias-secret-asking-be-boycotted And: http://jezebel.com/5959312/victorias-secrets-racist-bullshit-is-just-asking-for-a-boycott
Parents are alarmed with marketing that sexualizes teens: https://gma.yahoo.com/video/gma-parents-threaten-victorias-secret-080000252.html
Women who care about women’s physical and mental health object to Victoria’s Secret: http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=192453#.VNAg8C4WKCQ
We recommend buying from small local boutiques, vintage outlets, Etsy, and from Fair Trade Certified outlets that can be found on-line. (When buying new, always check the label for country of origin information.) If you have trouble finding what you are looking for from an ethical source, please make sure you are on the original post from Boycott for Peace, and let us know. We will do our best to find an on-line ethical source for the clothing items you need.
We call for boycotts for many reasons. You can read about some of them here: http://boycott4peace.blogspot.com/search/label/why%20we%20boycott
Through Ethical spending we can work to create economic Justice, and pave the way for Peace, Freedom, and Equality for Palestinians and others in much the same way that boycotting helped the people of America’s south, South Africans, and the people of India to secure Justice, Peace, Freedom, and Equality.
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