By  on June 29, 2011

WASHINGTON — Several industry trade groups, the International Labor Rights Forum and other human rights groups sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday imploring her to take stronger action against forced child labor in the cotton industry in Uzbekistan.


“We are disappointed to note that despite strong language in the interim report, the annual ‘Trafficking in Persons’ report (released Monday)…fails to downgrade Uzbekistan to Tier 3 despite the clearly documented and egregious nature of the country’s state-sanctioned and widespread use of forced child labor,” the groups said in the letter.

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