Sweatshops are places of manufacturing where employees are severely exploited and manipulated.
A Daily Mail article voiced out these real concerns of sweatshops when a Canadian journalist by the name of Raveena Aulakh exposed herself to working in a Bangladeshi factory of clothes. There she met 9 year-old worker Meem who has grown accustomed to the life of drastic conditions. This certain Bangladeshi factory had very poor ventilation, insufficiently planned emergency schemes (no fire extinguisher and only one exit), and unhygienic toilets (which was described to have been “down a rat-infested hall”). Meem, the kid worker, toiled for wages that are about $25 a month that were soon given to her parents.
Sweatshops have also grown to become an ordeal for feminists. A feminist.org statistic proclaimed that women between 15-25 years of age compose 85% of sweatshop workers. As quoted from the same site as well, “The employers at these sweatshops often force the women to take birth control and do routine pregnancy tests so they do not have to pay maternity leave. Women are often fired after becoming pregnant in complete violation of the law, yet no one is held accountable."
Sweatshops are rooted in the companies’ desire for maximum profit and less expense. Firms therefore sought for sweatshops composed of cheap labor. Individuals who cannot provide enough to live each day offer not only themselves but also anyone they know capable of doing the job regardless of age and gender. These people have no choice and chance to choose where to work as desperation leads them to succumb to even the most dangerous environment for money. Some companies argue that taking them in, even if such workers are children, is a far better decision since these people are given something to work for rather than nothing at all.
How can WE stop sweatshops?
1. Awareness: This could probably be laborious, but awareness of brands that use of sweatshops to manufacture their goods could go a long, long way. Being able to know about the issues of sweatshops at a more comprehensive level, by reading newspapers and online periodicals, helps one understand its gravity and understand how much people are willing to pay for the price of abuse and mistreatment.
2. Action: Don’t patronize brands that abuse its workers in exchange for profit. Placing individuals in harsh conditions, even if the argument says that at least they’re given jobs to support their families, will never be right.
- Bea Ticsay
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