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Most of your Adidas sports gear is made in third world Asian countries like Indonesia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Thomas Parker, Isaac Aitken and Cam Baillie find out the truth about the Adidas sweatshop scandal.



Where your Adidas gear is really made 

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    n a Rebel Sport shop in Christchurch       John, 19, wants to buy a new rugby ball before his first game back. John picks up a light blue Adidas rugby ball and heads for the counter. Across the mall Grace, 25, is in Stirling Sports looking for a hot pink Adidas volleyball top for practice later that afternoon. Rusty, 22, is searching for a new pair of Adidas football boots. He walks into The Warehouse but he doesn't like any of the boots so he goes to the Foot Locker.  He spots some he is interested in and approaches the counter. The next day he uses them for a game of football. Later that night he wonders where his football boots come from. He goes on his computer to try and find out where his boots come from. He finds out they are being made by children aged as young as 15 in Asian sweatshops.



Around 8000 miles away in Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 year old Ravi is sitting on a chair in an Adidas sweatshop. He is one of the hundreds of Adidas workers. Ravi has a wife and is a  father of one. He spots some yellow Aididas balls so

 he goes over to have a look. He has been working too hard so he sneaks over to see all his hard work.“ I did the bottom of that one. And that one. I didn’t do anything on that ball.” Ravi says while picking up the balls.

Ravi is unlucky because he is working in the factory with a strict master. The working conditions are small spaces with a sewing machine. They rarely get breaks and work up

 to 15 hours a day. Most of the factories have a possible chance of the building collapsing and with that crushing all the poor helpless children inside.

Suri is a 15 year old Indonesian girl. Majority of these workers which Suri works with come from Indonesia. They are either trying to pay off a debt or are scrabbling for money because they don't have enough to survive. Suri has 2 brothers 



Young boy stitches an Adidas football

 named John and Dubem. Both of the brothers are not in child labour because they were only babies when Suri got sent away. A couple of weeks after she left her home she missed her family more than anything, but now she is coping better than before.

The government has a law against slavery but families need money so they devote their children to work. If they don't send away their children they won't have enough money to survive.  Suri has only just started child labour at the age of 15. When she first started child labour

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she had a meltdown in the factory and almost cut of her own finger.  Luckily the other workers calmed her down and now she works every day from 15 hours to 17 hours a day and up to 70 hours a week.


Most of the

items usually

cost under

$10 to make

but Adidas end up selling them for up to $300. Ravi and Suri both make Adidas equipment for the same factory. They make around $60 per month.“How many have you done Suri?” Ravi wondered. “I've done seven orange football boots and one green football.” Replied Suri.

She works every day from 15 to 17 hours per day

Consumers have been putting pressure on the retailers to make sure that their clothes are being made in good working environments. Most of the Adidas factory's force their workers to craft items. The factory  then sells  

             them for up to $300.                              When Suri and Ravi                         found out that                                 the work they are doing is being sold for $300 they freaked out. “Oh my god,” both Ravi and Suri murmured.


Governments are trying to shut down child labour and slavery but it just keeps on happening. The workers have to complete hundreds of garments a minute. If the workers do not complete

Asian worker shows off her Adidas boots

enough garments per day they get punished by no pay for that day. "Once I got my finger stuck in the sewing machine. I shouldn't have done any work for the whole week, but I was forced into doing work for no pay because I complained," explained Ravi.

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"Women who are pregnant are forced to quit or are just fired."

“Why does it matter if I'm pregnant?!” The lady screamed across the room. Women who are pregnant are forced to quit or are just fired from the job.







 Lots of adults and even children are pushing towards no child labour or slavery. Things like this will help children in conditions like Ravi and Suri get out of child labour. UNICEF and the United Nations are helping wipeout child labour and slavery for ever. Consumers are putting pressure on sellers to stop using child labour to make their products. Only some of the factories which supply the big companies are shutting down child labour and slavery.


Graph showing that 1 in 25 indonesian children is a labourer

Indonesian sews a football

What the Adidas logo should be

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