Fashionable Western labels adorn garments made in Bangladesh – an industry that employes tens of thousands and earns the impoverished country valuable foreign exchange.
Famous international brands source their supply from Bangladesh as labour in the country is one of the cheapest.
But while the arrangement allows for hefty profits, it’s the workers – mostly women – who pay a heavy price. They are ill-paid and working conditions are horribly bad.
A string of deadly accidents, including a deadly blaze in November and the collapse of a building that housed a garment factory in April, have killed more than 1,000 and highlighted the garment workers’ plight – always grim and often deadly.