Sweatshops By:Abigail Castle

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  • Dad, I'm home from work! I'm starving, do we have any food?
  • Oh that's great honey. We only have one piece of bread left with only one maggot in it and dirty puddle water!
  • I'm so hungry, I was there for 15 hours today. I only lost one finger and I earned a whole dollar! I'm so parched too becasue it was 100 degrees in there today. It was so much fun!
  • At least we have a job. What else would we be doing because we don't have enough money for an education. If only we were on a beach somewhere and all of our problems disappeared.
  • Dad, I've been really sad lately because I wish we had a better life. I wish I could work longer and harder to make money for us to thrive
  • I wish we could live like that honey but snap back into reality we both have jobs that make money so be thankful for that.
  • The definition of a sweatshop is a factory or workshop, especially in the clothing industry, where manual workers are employed at very low wages for long hours and under poor conditions. There are two  sides to this problem. The first side is the human rights point of view. The second side is the economist point of view.
  • If only our life could have this much luxury. If only I didn't have to drop out of school. If only I didn't have to loose limbs to earn money for my family
  •  China has labor laws set in place like protection against dismissal, Discrimination Protection, Employment Protection Rights, Employee Privacy, and forbiding employers in the country from employing people considered to be minors(under 16). This still doesn't make a difference when companies hire young kids under the table
  • Atleast we have jobs, okay?
  • I wish I could be back in school
  • 170 million children around the world are forced to work to satisfy the demand of consumer in Europe and the United States. Low skilled labor and tasks better suited to children (cotton picking etc) They have no protection, no voice, so they are easy targets. This totally violates human rights
  • We are fine it will all be okay
  • I know, I just wish it doesn't have to be this way.
  • From the economist stand point these workers are not forced to work. They voluntarily choose to work at a sweatshop. This statement is so true. Why should we put an end to sweatshops if it is great for out economy.Today, “Sweatshop Belt” economies comprise about 1/4 of the global economy. What would our economy look like if we didn't have sweatshops? 
  • Where there is extreme poverty, there will be children willing to work cheaply and susceptible to being tricked into dangerous or badly paid work.  This may be true but how do we fix it?
  • I am neutral on this subject because it is so controversial. Should we "violate" human rights for a good economy even thorough we "technically'  aren't violating any human rights because they are "voluntarily" working. This is such a hard topic to pick one side because there are so many pros and cons to each side. How are we going to fix this is the question. Band Sweatshops? Stricter laws? Keep everything the same?
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