I don-t think we can do anything about the corruption in those countries. Even if we paid more for clothes, it wouldn-t go to the employees. it would go in the pocket of the owners.posted over 4 years ago
That’s a great point amorphous_face made. I discussed a similar topic with my mom and sister once and they had pointed out how awful it was that western consumerism was starting to crop up in places like India. My sister made the argument that because of it, people were killing brides over washer machines. That’s not western consumerism and it most certainly isn’t our fault! Americans have to stop acting like we’re the World’s babysitter. If you believe that a company may be selling products made in sweatshops, then stop shopping there and write letters to the company to push them to monitor the factories they use. Other than that, there’s not much you can do.
Here is an article similar to one I read in college, that gave me a new perspective on child labor. I’m still not totally convinced and think we should be doing things to prevent child labor, but the article brings it into focus a little.posted over 4 years ago
Im sorry I cant accept either of those two arguements. India who is one of the biggest employers of child labour has a space program and they have nuclear weapons ! and on top of that ( I am now ranting ) they recieve millions of dollars and pounds in aid from the West. There is no bloody excuse for why small children are working long hours in unsafe and unsanitary conditions in the garment industry. We are the consumers and the voters and we do have a lot power. In the UK we have a minimum wage and a benefit system to enable families and their families to live.
I understand that the UK ( where I am from ) and the USA cant all ways be the worlds baby sitters, but they do when it suits them polically to do so.
I had better go and take a deep breath and calm downposted over 4 years ago
The children in India who have to work instead of go to school would rather work in the garment industry than make a “living” digging through garbage. Here’s a story about it. That is not because I shop at Forever21. The US has a space program and a nuclear program, but there are still children here who live in poverty and go hungry. It’s not right and it’s not what i would want for anyone, but there are always going to be poor people and those who gain from others’s losses. Do the best you can to not destroy another human being, but also, don’t drive yourself crazy that you can’t save everyone!posted over 4 years ago
its well known that all the garment industry all over the world make their money out of exploiting people….for instance the main factory of zara in spain its based on a tiny town where theres nothing to work at besides that,so do the maths….in my region (south america)they have semi-slavery regims where right now theres people of ALL ages working without even can go to the bathroom..the only word that comes to my mind is SHAMEposted over 4 years ago