In response to claims over the weekend that child labor is being used in India to produce clothing for Gap (, the high street retailer has launched an investigation and begun to remove certain items from its shelves. The UK’s The Observer newspaper published a report that revealed that children as young as ten are forced to work up to 19 hours a day in appalling conditions.

A spokesperson for Gap said today: "We firmly believe that under no circumstances is it acceptable for children to produce or work on garments. These allegations are deeply upsetting and we take this situation very seriously. All of our suppliers and their subcontractors are required to guarantee that they will not use child labour to produce garments. In this situation, it's clear one of our vendors violated this agreement and a full investigation is under way."