When Hla, 19, tried to go back to work seven months ago after having a baby, there were no jobs. Hundreds of garment factories in Myanmar had closed after western fashion brands cancelled orders due to the pandemic, leaving thousands of women jobless.
As lockdown gripped Yangon, her marriage broke down, her husband left, and her father had to sell his trishaw – no longer able to take passengers in the city. Her parents and baby were hungry. Five months ago, she became a sex worker.
No, go on. Go buy a handful of £1 t-shirts. Increase the business at garment sweatshops so as to buy Hla out of sexual exploitation.
And then, when some upper middle class bint at The Guardian clucks and tsks at you about your rape of the natural environment through your fast fashion addiction you can punch her in the mouth.