Marines Move to Dump Clothes Company After Deadly Factory Fire


Humphreys reviewed the photos at the request of ABC News and said that the order forms and specs appeared to be "based on" his company's documents. He initially speculated that Tuba, which had an order from Soffe, had moved production to Tazreen without telling his company.

Worker rights groups in the U.S. expressed outrage that an overseas factory with clearly identified safety problems would be selected to manufacture clothing for a licensee of the United States Marines. "The fact that Marines logo clothing was found in the rubble of the sweatshop fire should serve as a wake-up call to the U.S. government to put into place safeguards to ensure decent working conditions in government supply chains and among licensees," said Liana Foxvog of the International Labor Rights Forum.

The Marine Corps has expressed serious concerns about the production process, and said they never allowed Soffe to make military licensed clothes in Tazreen.

"The Marine Corps has established specific guidelines for its licensees and their manufacturers around the world," O'Haver said in a statement emailed to ABC News. That includes "prohibitions against forced labor, child labor, health and safety, harassment or abuse, wages and benefits, working environment, and other issues. Neither Tazreen Fashions nor their parent company Tuba Garments, LTD are authorized manufacturers of Soffe licensed Marine Corps branded merchandise."

O'Haver said the Marine Corps "has offered Soffe a period of time to provide information" before it formally terminates its agreement with the company.

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