Beer promotion based on exploitation of young women

The International Trade Union Confederation is running a major campaign against the treatment of young South East Asian women being used by beer companies to sell beer.  The campaign spotlights the shocking situation of these women who are being exploited and subjected to sexual assault and violence while working in restaurants and karaoke bars to promote well-known beer brands including Heineken, Carlsberg, San Miguel, Stella Artois, Becks, Bass, Anchor and Budweiser.

These “beer girls” are badly treated, poorly paid and have a high rate of HIV infection which is leading to thousands of early deaths among the women.

Unions, women’s rights and aid groups are asking all the major beer and spirit brands that use promotion women to end their exploitation, provide health education to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS and contribute to the cost of health care for workers who are HIV positive.

This campaign extends to New Zealand, with the Council of Trade Unions writing to beer companies about this issue. For more information from the Australian CTU about this campaign, click on the link below:

http://www.actu.asn.au/work_rights/news/1148623323_3424.html

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