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.
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.
A fire in a Karachi factory, which produced clothes for the German company KiK, killed over 260 people in 2012. The victims' families are in Germany to pursue their case against KiK in a Dortmund court. DW spoke to them.
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