Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top cosmetic brands: AP

Al Jazeera

AP investigation on treatment of women workers in palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia finds sexual and other forms of abuse.

A female worker sprays herbicide in a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia [Binsar Bakkara/AP]
A female worker sprays herbicide in a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia [Binsar Bakkara/AP]

18 Nov 2020

A 16-year-old girl describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the world’s best-known cosmetic brands. He then put an axe to her throat and warned her: “Do not tell.”

At another plantation, a woman named Ola complains of fevers, coughing and nose bleeds after years of spraying dangerous pesticides with no protective gear.

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