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Department of Labor

Twelve Tribes Investigated For Child Labor Practices

Twelve Tribes Investigated

For Child-Labor Practices

Inside Edition’s expose of Twelve Tribes child labor practices is available on Youtube.

ONEONTA – An investigation into child-labor practices has been opened by the state Department of Labor into the local sect of the Twelve Tribes group following a report by Inside Edition that showed children working in a cosmetics factory on the Common Sense Farm in Cambridge.

An “Inside Edition” investigative report, which used hidden camera footage gathered by a former member of the Twelve Tribes, aired Friday, June 1. In it, children as young as six years old are allegedly working on the farm and in the factory, which produces cosmetics for the organic Acure and Savannah Bee lines.

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