Fashion victims Party Australians love a bargain, but what's the real cost of cheap clothes from the sweat shops in bangladesh?On 24th april this year more than a thousand people were killed when an eight storey building collapsed in the heart of bangladesh's capital, dhaka. The collapse of rana plaza turned the world's attention to the shocking conditions workers in the country's clothing industry are forced to endure.In recent Prom Dresses Australia years, australian companies have flooded into bangladesh to take advantage of lax labour laws and the lowest wages in the world, paid to the predominantly young, female workers in the factories. Next on four corners reporter sarah ferguson sets out to find where the Ball Gown Wedding Dresses clothes we see in our major retail outlets are made.What efforts do australian companies make to ensure the factories are safe and their workers earn a living wage?Australian retailers blocked our enquiries at every turn, refusing access to factories wherever we went.Working backwards from some of our best known retail outlets, four corners goes factory to factory showing workers and union organisers australian labels until the factories are found.There the workers describe a miserable existence, long hours, pitiful pay and abuse if deadlines aren't met.In some of the worst cases there is even violence and threats of jail: "Workers are being arrested, beaten, tortured.You know, sexual harassment, just Party on and on and on.This was a miserable sweatshop. " Why would australian retailers allow their brands to be associated with such activities?In bangladesh, it's all about price.Local factory owners claim they are squeezed so hard by retailers they simply can't afford to ensure their factories safe.The explanation is simple according to one european buyer:



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