The Problem of Sweatshops and Child Labor Essay

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Manufacturing A Better Life

America has always been considered to be the breadbasket of the world. The American people have found ways to make various products overseas without spending a lot of money. The factory employees however, have gotten the short end of the stick when dealing with the American companies. Not only have Americans taken advantage of less fortunate third-world countries, but they have also created unhealthy working environments. Regardless of gender or age, some companies subject their employees to harsh working conditions, under minimum wage payment, exhausting working hours, and even corporal and/or physical assault. These "Sweatshops" are still going on today and very little has been done. Many children are
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However, addressing the problem of child labor will require more than recognizing its connection to poverty. Governments, human rights organizations, labor leaders, corporations, and health professionals must all work together to find effective ways to ensure that the world's children are educated and not exploited in jobs in multinational or illegal industries. By proposing this act, it would prohibit U.S. imports of goods produced by children laborer. Such legislation would help third world countries enforce laws against child labor; ultimately, it would protect the world's youngsters from the abusive and hazardous conditions often found in factories that rely on low-wage labor. It would curb poverty by getting these kids out of hazardous, abusive working conditions and into school where they may receive an education and contribute productively to their economy. We look out for animals and prisoners, but fail to protect youngsters from exploitive and abusive labor.

American buyers should force their foreign suppliers to pay their workers more money as well as work them a fewer amount of hours. Instead of
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