Two key rapper-headed fashion lines have come under fire for allegedly using a Honduran sweatshop to produce their goods.
According to a report by the US National Labour Committee P Diddy’s clothing
line Sean John and Jay-Z/Damon Dash’s Rocawear both use the Southeast
Textiles factory in Choloma, Honduras where employees are subjected to daily
body searches, supplied with contaminated drinking water and work 11 to 12
hour daily shifts. Employees receive 14p for each £30 sweatshirt they sew.
Responding to the report, Sean John Executive Vice President, Jeff Tweedy,
told reporters: “We had absolutely no knowledge of the situation … we take
these matters very seriously.”
But the National Labour Committee’s Charles Kernaghan said he had made
repeated attempts to discuss the matter with the Sean John company, but his
approaches had gone without response.