Sweatshops

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Sweatshops

SweatshopsBy Siena Johnson 8M

About Sweatshops

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Sweatshops are work environments that use three major characteristics - long hours, low pay, and unsafe/unhealthy working conditions. Sweatshops may also have policies that decline of workers freedom, including limited use to the bathroom and even conversations with fellow workers.

a factory or workshop, especially in the clothing industry, where manual workers are employed at very low wages for long hours and under poor conditions.

In developing countries, an estimated 168 million children ages 5 to 14 are forced to work in sweatshops as child labor. The most popular products that come from sweatshops are garments, bricks, cocoa and coffee. Some of the other popular products made in sweatshops are shoes, exercise wear, underwear, jeans and toys.

The US Department of Labor defines a sweatshop as a factory that violates two or more labor laws, such as those pertaining to wages and benefits, child labor or working hours. In general, a sweatshop can be described as a factory where workers are subject to extreme exploitation, including no living wage or benefits, poor working conditions, and constant discipline, such as verbal and physical abuse.

In Bangladesh, 3.5 million workers in 4,825 garment factories produce goods for stores around the world, mostly Europe and North America. The Bangladesh garment industry generates 80% of the country’s products. However, the wealth generated by this has led to few improvements in the lives of garment workers, 85% are women.


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