Sweat Shops Essay

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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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