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SweatShops by Olivia Cepeda

What is a sweatshop?According to the US department of Labor a sweatshop is a factory that violates 2 or more labor laws. Sweatshops specialize in the clothing industry. People that work at sweatshops work with very little wage and very poor working conditions and also for very long periods of time. Sweatshops are part of or a product of global economy and “free” trade.

Where are sweatshops located?Sweatshops can be found all over Central and South America, Asia, and certain regions of Europe. There are also undocumented sweatshops and workers in places such as New york, San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Why do sweatshops exist? Sweatshops exist because many companies increase their profits to quickly decrease cost they do this in anyway possible, this helps the companies set up low-cost factories when and wherever they want. To minus their cost companies search for places or countries that have the following factors low wages and human rights protections, these places or countries are usually the third world or developing countries. Sweatshops are usually found in Central and South America, Asia, and certain regions of Europe.

About sweatshops workers, working hours, conditions and ages Sweatshops workers work for 12-16 hours per week, work 6-6.5 days a week and only earn $35.98 per month while in Australia workers earn $498.88 a week. This due to factors such as the location; where the sweatshop is located, living conditions; if the family is struggling with money and need food and other essential supplies then they may feel forced to work in sweatshops for a better living, as well as other factors such as government and global trade agreements. Sweatshop workers ages range from youngest 5-14 to 60-80 the average age for a sweatshop worker is 17-24 in sweatshops women are mostly found working they make up 85-90% some women are forced to take birth control and routine pregnancy tests to make sure that the companies do not have to support maternity leave or providing appropriate health benefits. Child labor is a big matter in sweatshops children as young as 5-14 are working 12-16 hour shifts 6-6.5 days a week while we only go to school 6-7 hours 5 days a week. The majority of child laborers are found in Asia and the Pacific. A show came out showing people working in sweatshops for the first time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SCHfV97D7I

Did you know? -Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence, with one in five children in child labor. -China toy maker earn as little as 30 cent an hour.


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