India on Defensive After Reports of Child Labor in GAP Factory

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's trade minister is on the defensive after a report that Gap sold clothes made by children in a New Delhi sweatshop.

Commerce Minister Kamal Nath says activists are hyping reports of child labor in his country. And he says bad publicity like that could lead to rich countries limiting exports from poorer nations.

Nath suggested that India will be forced to take "retaliatory measures," without elaborating.

India has a well-documented problem with child labor.

The report on Gap appeared Sunday in a British newspaper. The company has since said it won't sell any of the products made in the offending factory. GAP says that facility was being run by a subcontractor.

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