By  on October 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — The fashion industry has galvanized around the effort to eradicate the alleged use of forced child labor in the cotton industry in Uzbekistan, attacking the issue from all angles and making some strides, but obstacles remain.

More than 60 U.S. and European companies and the American Apparel & Footwear Association signed a pledge in September to “not knowingly source” Uzbek cotton using forced child labor, but the issue has been difficult to resolve. Several companies, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., have been telling suppliers for several years not to purchase cotton from Uzbekistan.

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