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The Path of Cotton in Burkina Faso, Bangladesh and Slovenia

Local farmers are seen at the so-called market, a collection center for cotton, in a village near Dano. Image by Jošt Franko. Burkina Faso, 2015.

From cotton farms in Burkina Faso to sweatshops in Bangladesh and Romania, a story of the real costs...

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From its raw form to the finished product in the shape of clothing, cotton moves through the hands of some of the lowest paid workers in the world. Due to subsidies, farmer families in West Africa earn around $300 a year. And while corporations are subject to tax-free agreements, garment workers in Southern Asia are paid roughly $60 a month. This slideshow follows the path of cotton from the fields in Burkina Faso, to the garment industry in Bangladesh, and to consumption of clothing in Slovenia.

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