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Via a Star magazine exclusive report, news broke this morning that several Chinese factories connected to K-Dash by Kardashian, the Kris Jenner Kollection, and Kim Kardashian's member-based shopping site ShoeDazzle are being investigated by human-rights organizations for sub-par working conditions.
TMZ now has a statement from the company behind the Kardashian shoe line, and they are adamant there is no child labor taking place in any of its China factories.
ShoeDazzle COO Deborah Benton had this to say: "This issue of child labor is of paramount importance to us. We've been very focused on this from the very beginning."
But is the bigger question whether the Kardashians should be manufacturing in China in the first place? Charles Kernaghan, who according to Star is the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, is asking the family to take a stand. “Kim, for example, could say, ‘It ain’t going to be all about me, me and me,’” he told Star. “If she took a stand and said, ‘I want to manufacture my products in Chicago or Los Angeles, where I can ensure people humane conditions,’ she would be taking the right stand.”
That's all well and good, but kome on, Charles: I think we all know by now "me, me and me" are the three most important words in a Kardashian's vocabulary.
•Kardashian Scandal: Shoe Company Calls BS on 'Slave Labor' Reports [TMZ]
•Kardashian Products Made In Sweatshops With Child Labor [Radar]
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