NEW DELHI, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- It was recently revealed that the "boho chic" fashion style that swept through Britain last year likely led to the use of child labor at factories in India.
Human rights campaigners said last week that as the popularity of the retro hippie fashion look created by model Sienna Miller grew in 2005, Arun Bhutani's export company was forced to subcontract embroidery work, which likely involved the use of child labor, the Sunday Times of London said.
"We don't allow child labor in the factory, but there's no guarantee that it was not used. It's not possible for everybody to check everything," Bhutani said regarding the allegations.
More than 100,000 children work up to 14 hours a day in factories in New Delhi as companies attempt to save money while the Indian government struggles to deal with the growing problem, officials told the Times.
"These children lose their opportunity to enjoy their childhood and they lose their constitutional right to an education," Global March Against Child Labour member Kailash Sathyarthi told the newspaper. "It is contemporary slavery."