Garment, footwear and cotton producers are among the worst offenders when it comes to the use of forced and child labour, according to three new reports that have just been published by the US Labor Department.

The documents include the initial 'List of Goods Produced by Child or Forced Labor' which the Labor Department was required to produce under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005.

The department looked at 122 products in 58 countries, and found that 15 countries produced cotton with child or forced labour, including China, Pakistan and Uzbekistan and India.

Six countries (Argentina, China, India, Jordan, Malaysia and Thailand) were guilty of violations in garments, and five (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India and Indonesia) in footwear.

According to the most recent global estimate from the International Labor Organization (ILO) there are around 218m child labourers age 5 to 17 around the world.

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