George Will's column "Slavery Exists -- And It Still Pays" {op-ed, June 21} contained stunning inaccuracies and undocumented allegations about child labor in the Indian carpet industry. He and the Anti-Slavery Society offered no proof to support their allegations of 100,000 malnourished and bonded child laborers.

American carpet importers and wholesalers travel regularly to India and see the conditions under which carpets are woven. The weaving is basically carried out in cottages by family units -- that is adults and their children working side by side. A certain amount of weaving is also done in "sheds" located in villages.

Carpet weaving is an ancillary occupation to agriculture and provides an important source of income to families. It is done during daylight hours and usually during seasons in which agricultural work is not a priority.

Carpet weaving, though perhaps tedious, is neither dangerous nor exhausting. No machines or chemicals are used.

All Indian children are required to attend school, even in the weaving belt of India. Moreover, the Indian government has sponsored vocational centers in the carpet belt, where weaving skills, hygiene and academic subjects are taught. It recognizes, in effect, that carpet weaving is an important and respectable source of income.

The Oriental Rug Importer's Association Inc., an association of oriental rug importers and wholesalers of which I am president, is concerned with protecting children in Third World countries from exploitative labor. Its members recognize, however, that nonexploitative child labor is an important and legitimate factor in these countries' growth to full industrial strength. No doubt there are isolated instances of exploitation in the carpet industry, and we would welcome the efforts of human rights organizations to bring them to light.

We believe, however, that Will should get his facts right before making wild and unfounded claims. Children in the carpet-weaving belt of India do not sleep at their looms, and they are not more poorly fed than their counterpart adult workers. People don't weave rugs because they are beaten but because the work is surprisingly well-paid. -- Nasser Rahmanan