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The Social and Economic Effects of Sweatshop Labor

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Maggie Carr

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of The Social and Economic Effects of Sweatshop Labor

The Effects of
Sweatshop Labor . The Social Factor . . . . . . The Economic Factors It's widely believed that the primary reason to manufacture in other countries is because its too expensive to manufacture in America. America doesn't produce enough
workers in need of these jobs. Along with this, workers will often work in hazardous conditions where their safety is put at risk, an example of this being the fire in the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh, that ended up killing over 100 people. When workers leave their hometowns they
sacrifice their education, though they are able to
take some classes when employed, they're
usually limited to learning to type documents in Word and simple English. Workers are made to live in poor working
conditions. If people are working in a particularly bad
factory, it's difficult to find other jobs because
interviews take time away from work and
it's difficult to find other places to stay.

At times managers won't let their workers quit
and will hold their pay for the first couple
months to prevent them from leaving. Guiding Question:
What are the social and economic effects of sweatshop labor? However, it would only cost a company like Apple 60$ more per phone to manufacture them in the US. Considering the rate iPhones are bought at,
Apple would still make a lot of money. Where it would take America months to find enough
workers, it takes China 15 days. Workers are cramped into dorms and
apartments, and it's overcrowded to the
point where factories will hire foot traffic
guards to keep people from getting crushed
in doorways. The factory had its employees working in extremely poor conditions, there were no overhead sprinklers, the building was under construction, and there were flammable dusts from fabrics. Even when workers attempted
to leave, managers blocked the exits and barred the windows, assuring them that it was only a drill. In conclusion It was decided in America that working conditions such as the ones in other countries were unacceptable. There were laws made to prevent these problems from happening. However, instead of eradicating them, they were only exported. Conditions in those factories could never be found as of today in America, but in some countries, they're common throughout a vast majority of their factories. Rather than detriment workers, the social and economic standards of factories in some countries should be benefiting them. How I became interested I had heard about the issue
prior to this, but didn't know much about it so I thought it would be an interesting topic to do my research on.
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