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Victoria’s [real] Secret: Child labor, says Bloomberg report

Victoria’s Secret has a PR mess on its hands. An in-depth investigative report by Bloomberg details abuses against a 13-year-old girl in Burkina Faso who harvests organic, fair-trade cotton used to make the company’s lingerie and sleepwear lines.

Victoria’s Secret supermodels celebrate the close of a fashion show. (Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS)

In a statement, the Limited Brands, parent company of Victoria’s Secret, said it did not know about the abuses and that it will fully investigate the matter.

But the company may need to do more than that. The lengthy report is quickly being disseminated across the Web, and it contains some pretty horrible details.

Read the whole Bloomberg report here.

Clarisse Kambire (left), 13, a child laborer, and a fellow child laborer fill sacks with fair-trade organic cotton during the day's harvest in a field near Benvar, Burkina Faso, on Nov. 10, 2011. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Clarisse Kambire, 13, a child laborer, sorts a bundle of fair-trade organic cotton she and her fellow laborers have picked from her farmer's fields during the day's harvest near Benvar, Burkina Faso, on Nov. 11, 2011. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)
Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.


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