Saturday, July 14, 2012

Unraveling Children From Rug Weaving Exploitation

Beautiful rugs from Afghanistan, Nepal and India brighten exclusive homes around the world.  Sadly, about 250,000 children are exploited by the industry, according to GoodWeave, a nonprofit devoted to exposing the dark side of the hand-woven rug industry.

Philanthropy Today reports, "The group was founded in 1994 by Kailash Satyarthi, a human-rights activist in New Delhi. He mounted dangerous raids on factories and reunited kidnapped child workers with their families.
But he realized he couldn’t stop the problem just with rescue efforts, so he decided he needed to find a way to persuade companies that it was bad business to hire children.

To that end, GoodWeave persuades retailers throughout North America and Europe to promise to sell only carpets that are made by workers who are at least 14, and offers merchants a certification logo to show consumers they meet that standard and others. For example, rug sellers must ensure that their suppliers and exporters don’t hire child workers."


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