Sweat Shops Essay

1199 Words Jun 7th, 2007 5 Pages

What is a sweatshop really? Well the American Heritage Dictionary defines a
sweatshop as a shop or factory in which employees work long hours at low wages under
poor conditions. If someone had heard this definition of sweatshops they would go
straight to the assumption that sweatshops are not good. But they do have some good in
them. They keep workers away from bad things such as prostitution and crimes. They
also boost the countries economy and give them a means of survival. That's what
sweatshop defenders would say which is not completely true. Not only do sweatshop
workers not get enough money to feed themselves and their families, they are subjected
to exploitation, and horrible working
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This has to be looked at logically
as well. If I'm scrounging for food in a dumpster, someone must be eating the food that
ends up in the dumpster. Someone must have a job producing wages to buy food. All
food in the dumpster comes from food on plates. If this was not true, the food would not
be in the dumpster in the first place. The same argument applies to prostitution. When no
one has money to pay, you can't be a prostitute. The prostitute must get money. Where is
that money coming from? There must be jobs producing money somewhere in the local
economy. One must logically conclude that some sort of economy is operating long
before the sweatshop factory ever arrives. If this was not true, there would be no people
alive to work in the sweatshop.

Secondly sweatshops are good because the countries economy goes up. But this is

not completely true. Even though they are getting paid sweatshop workers and child

laborers are trapped in a cycle of exploitation that rarely improves their economic

situation. Since multinational corporations are constantly pressuring suppliers for cost-

cutting measures, workers most often find conditions getting worse instead of better. The

economy would improve by increasing wages just buy a couple of cents. For example,

instead of receiving just 1.6 cents for each baseball cap workers sewed, they would earn

about 3 cents. The caps are sold for $17 in the U.S.A. and Canada. An…

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