The Dark Stain on Bangladesh's $1 Billion Leather Export Industry

The $1 billion leather export industry is hazardous for workers

Bangladesh’s tanneries are concentrated in Hazaribagh, a densely populated neighborhood on the banks of the Buriganga River. Every day these factories discharge thousands of liters of liquid waste into the river. Workers, who are exposed to toxic chemicals, make less than $2 a day.

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