Ivanka Trump Shoes Being Probed at Chinese Factory
Ivanka Trump never seemed to have any issues with her brand of shoes prior to her father becoming president of the United States. However, the Chinese government has just freed three activists who were detained while investigating working conditions at a company that manufactured her brand. The men were released on bail and are awaiting trial, according to China Labor Watch, the organization they were working for. As of today it still is not clear what the men are being charged with.
Ivanka Trump Shoes and Other Famous Brands Made
The factory also makes other designer shoes for brands such as Marc Fisher, Kylie + Kendall, Coach and others. However, the Ivanka Trump Company told CNNMoney, that its products have not been produced at this particular factory since March. The company reported that the factories it uses “are required to operate within strict compliance regulations.”
Meanwhile, the men’s lawyers hope that the Chinese courts “will provide the investigators with a fair trial. It said the lawyers do not believe the men committed crimes.” The U.S. State Department, which had called for China to release the men, had no immediate comment.
An advocacy group says it has documentation of worker abuse, and says it sent letters to Ivanka Trump and her brand, as well as several other companies that have used the factories. No one has responded to those letters, according to China Labor Watch. Trump stepped down from her management role, in her company, when she accepted a job in her father’s administration. However, she still owns part of the business.
More than 100,000 pairs of the Trump shoes have been made at the factory which is located in the Guangdong province in south China. The factory employs about 15,000 people. Amazingly, it takes more than 200 workers to move a single pair of shoes from the concept stage to the loading dock. There was a lot of backlash from the president’s daughter producing her shoes in China – her company solved the problem by moving the production to Ethiopia.