Modern Day Child Labour Essay

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Modern Day Child Labour While we, as Americans, are currently living in the most advanced civilization up to this time, we tend to disregard problems of exploitation and injustice to nations of lesser caliber. Luckily, we don't have to worry about the exploitation of ourchildren in factories and sweet shops laboring over machines for countless hours. We, in the United States, would never tolerate such conditions. For us, child labor is a practice that climaxed and phased away during and then after the industrial revolution. In 1998 as we approach the new millenium, child labor cannot still bea reality, or can it? Unfortunately, the employment and exploitation of children inthe work force is still alive and thriving. While this…show more content…
Times published a list of American companies, which benefit from children's sweatshops in the garment industry. To the surprise of the public, they include well-known companies such as The Gap, Eddie Bauer, The Banana Republic, JC Penny, Levi Stauss, and Reebok (McCarthy 8). Consequently, the American consumer began to recognize his or her role in this vicious cycle. Because of the globalization of the market place, we, as consumers, have become passive collaborators in this widespread exploitation of hapless children (8). Clearly, the issue of child labor extends to an international responsibility, which is difficult to overlook. Through the occasional television expose and informative columns, our attention has slowly been called to the plight of these children. Using a hidden camera, CBS's "60 minutes" captured scenes of children producing goods for export to the U.S. Through this footage, girls and boys were revealed working far into the night making clothes for American and other foreign consumers (Senser 12). As one of the first documentaries regarding the topic, the program induced much bewilderment and surprise. It was not until a year later with the help of a "Dateline NBC" camera crew that this scandal was again accredited. In touring a factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, NBC uncovered how Bangladesh's booming garment industry employs underage children, mostly girls, by tens and thousands. When interviewed, the children said that they earned twelve
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