NEW: Cotton Crimes campaign against child slavery
| || || Cotton Crimes campaign to step up action against child slavery in 's cotton industry. |
Fresh evidence has emerged from this year's cotton harvest of children being forced from their classrooms into the fields to pick cotton for little or no pay.
As the third biggest global exporter of cotton, Uzbekistan 's state-run cotton industry is reliant on forcing hundreds of thousands of children to work in order to reap Government profits of over US$1 billion annually. However, the Government continues to deny the use of state-sponsored slavery. is launching the