We'll put that question to our studio guest, Bernd Hinzmann. He's a member of the Clean Clothes Campaign and works to improve working conditions in Asia's textile industry.
Western clothing brands benefit from low manufacturing costs in Eastern Europe, where laws are ignored and workers exploited. Local governments even support such industry practices.
Bangladesh is the second largest textile producer in the world. Three and a half million people here sew jeans, t-shirts and dresses for a pittance - often for up to fourteen hours a day.
Women's rights activist Gisela Burckhardt has been working tirelessly to improve conditions for textile workers in South Asia, and has been awarded the Anne Klein Prize by the German Boell Foundation for her efforts.
German textile company KiK has released $5.15 million in compensation for a 2012 factory fire in Karachi that killed 260 people. KiK and the victims' families still disagree over responsibility of the catastrophe.
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