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January 13, 1999

In the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, immigrants mainly from China are imported under fraudulent schemes and work under appalling conditions. In the first-ever attempt to hold U.S. retailers accountable for mistreatment of workers in foreign-owned companies operating on U.S. soil, human rights groups today are filing a class action lawsuit against 18 high profile U.S. manufacturers and retailers, including The Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, May Company, Sears and Wal-Mart.


  • Carmencita Abad, a Filipino garment worker in Saipan who worked for SAKO, a firm that produces garments for The Gap and other manufacturers.

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