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Big Business and Sweatshops

  • Date Submitted: 12/31/2013 02:42 PM
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In order to keep companies check book balance, big businesses like Nike’s, Wal-Mart, Walt Disney Company, and the Gap made unethical business decisions with manufacturing facilities located throughout the world to produce its products.   Nearly 800,000 people work in these factories, called sweatshops, located primarily in Asia.   However, these big companies dictate the term to the contractors about the design, the materials and the price it will pay to produces the products. Sweatshop is a working environment considered to be unacceptably or dangerous, part curly by industrialized nations with high standards of living.   Sweatshops are also sometimes implicated in human trafficking, many workers have been tricked into starting work without informed consent, or when workers are kept at work through debt bondage or mental duress, all of which are more likely in cases where the work force is drawn from children or the uneducated rural poor.   Workers are subject to extreme exploitation, including the absence of a living wage or benefits, poor working conditions, and arbitrary discipline, such as verbal and physical abuse. Since sweatshop workers are paid less than their daily expenses, they are never able to save any money to improve their lives. They are trapped in an awful cycle of exploitation. Because they often exist in places without effective workplace safety or environmental laws, sweatshops sometimes injure their worker or the environment at greater rates than would be acceptable in developed countries.    
The origins of sweatshops began between 1830 and 1850, specific type of workshop which a certain type of middleman directed others in garment making under arduous conditions.   Between the 1850 and 1900, sweatshop attracted the attention of poor immigrations, in the rapidly growing cities around the world.   Woman and children had to work long days in cramped rat infected quarters; they were physically and sexually abused by their supervisors.   Workplace...

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