MORE than 30,000 garment workers have been awarded US$20 million in
out-of-court settlements from 25 US retailers that had questionable
off-shore contractors. The stores, including the Gap, J.C. Penney and
Target, agreed to compensate workers who said they were subjected to
prison-like conditions in factories located in Saipan. The Pacific Island
has US territorial status, making it immune to tariffs and able to affix US
origin labels to clothing.


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