IFC Loan Leads to Forced Labor in Uzbekistan Cotton Industry
The government of Uzbekistan has partnered with Indorama Kokand Textile, a cotton processing corporation, to export cotton that stems from coercion of local fammers, as well as land and property seizures without compensation. The income of the sales from the cotton under Indorama are then funneled into a secret account known as the “Selkhozfond” (Agricultural Fund), to which only the highest level government officials and Indorama have access.
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