Cut price Valentine's Day roses are cultivated by women in Third World countries paid less than 10p an hour, a charity says today.
A report by War on Want
reveals poor single mums work for 15 hours a day for £20 a month to ensure British lovers can buy flowers for under £5.
The report highlights the dire wages, health problems and conditions of tens of thousands of workers in Kenya and Colombia. Flower cutter Stella, from Colombia, said: "Bosses give us an amount of work impossible for one person to do." War on Want named Marks & Spencer and Tesco as the biggest bulk importers. An M&S spokesman said: "All of our flower suppliers are members of the Ethical Trading Initiative." Tesco said: "There is no evidence to implicate us."
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