Mere hours after it was slammed with allegations that it produced many of its products in Chinese sweatshops using child labor, key pieces of the Kardashian machine have leapt out to declare that they do no such thing.
This morning Star magazine published an expose in which the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights said the Kardashians employ slave labor to make products for their K-Dash by Kardashian label, as well as the Kris Jenner collection and a shoe line produced by ShoeDazzle. Kris Jenner told TMZ this morning that “the factories that are used to manufacture the Kardashian clothing and shoes have nothing terrible going on at all and the factories are very well policed and meet factory standards,” but admitted that she had never visited any of the factories.
As of this afternoon, the chief operating office of ShoeDazzle Deborah Benton has come forward to say that she’s sure Jenner is correct — mostly because she has been to the factory herself. Benton told TMZ:
“This issue of child labor is of paramount importance to us. We’ve been very focused on this from the very beginning.” She adds, “Factories are routinely inspected and always pass inspection.”
Benton went on to say that there’s a member of the operations team in China whose job is to make sure the workers are treated well on a daily basis. She also pointed out that no one at ShoeDazzle has ever been approached by the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights, and that she’s willing and ready to show them around if they ever actually come calling.
It’s comforting to hear this from the people at ShoeDazzle, but it’s equally unsettling to know that none of the Kardashians have ever been to the places that produce all the stuff that has their name on it. But we guess when you’re juggling 3,000 product lines at the same time, it’s hard to be everywhere at once.