Updated from 6:04 p.m. EDTSAN FRANCISCO -- Gap ( GPS) says it will not allow apparel that had been sewn by children in a sweatshop in India to be sold at any of its stores. The specialty chain responded to articles that appeared in London's Observer newspaper, which described children as young as 10 years old laboring under grueling conditions for long hours and no pay at a sweatshop in New Delhi. "As soon as we were alerted to this situation, we stopped the work order and prevented the product from being sold in stores," said Marka Hansen, president of Gap brand, in a statement. Gap said work on the garments, which had been destined for the GapKids chain, had been parceled out to an unauthorized subcontractor in violation of the company's policies. "We have been making steady progress, and the children are now under the care of the local government," said Dan Henkle, Gap's senior vice president of social responsibility, in a statement. "As our policy requires, the vendor with which our order was originally placed will be required to provide the children with access to schooling and job training, pay them an ongoing wage and guarantee them jobs as soon as they reach the legal working age." The company said that only a small portion of the order placed with its vendors had been doled to the subcontractor.