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Member Research and Reports

Harvard Finds Widespread Exploitative Labor Practices in India’s Hand-Made Carpet Sector

Mr. Siddharth Kara, fellow with Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and adjunct lecturer on public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, has conducted the largest-ever investigation into slavery and child labor in India’s hand-made carpet sector. The FXB Center recently released his report, “Tainted Carpets: Slavery and Child Labor in India’s Hand-Made Carpet Sector”, which documents over 3,200 cases of labor exploitation, including forced labor, bonded labor, child labor, and human trafficking, in carpet production sites belonging to 172 exporters across nine states in northern India.