Labor Practices Paper
Most members of society deem sweatshops as an unacceptable source of labor. Others claim that many of those individuals living in developing countries, facing adverse circumstances, only dream of being employed by a sweatshop. Although at a bare minimum, sweatshops do provide its employees a source of income. The wages earned by these workers help bring, maybe, a loaf of bread to their families. Sweatshops exploit its workers through dehumanizing practices, and should not be supported as a viable means of a country's economic development. Sweatshops are known for subjecting factory workers to dangerous and unsanitary working conditions. War On Want, an organization created to fight poverty in developing countries, states that "in 2009, approximately one million workers were injured at work and about 20,000 suffered from diseases due to their occupation" (Klein, 2009). Sweatshop employees work more than 70 hours per week, which is 30 hours more than the average American working full-time. After a day's work, employees head home to their cramped living quarters, with at least six workers to a room. It's almost as if these individuals are treated like cattle. According to an article done by Webster University, more than 55 percent of sweatshop employees are young and uneducated women. One of the biggest concerns for many sweatshop employers are having female workers becoming pregnant, as the work conditions make it harder for them to perform at an optimal level. To eliminate this risk, the women are forbidden to have babies. In 2000, 20/20 did a special investigation on Saipan sweatshops where investigators found that pregnant employees were forced to have an abortion unless they wanted to lose their jobs. It can be argued that these pregnant workers are provided the freedom to choose, but the option of either keeping one's job or one's own child seems unethically extreme. One of the main criticisms with...
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