sweatshops – the dark side of fashion

Ever wonder why that t-shirt you bought from H&M is so cheap? You have sweatshops to thank for that.

It surprises people that there’s actually a very large number of slaves in the world today-our best estimate is 27 million. And that is defining a slave in a very narrow way; we’re not talking about sweatshop workers or people who are just poor, we’re talking about people who are controlled by violence, who cannot walk away, who are being held against their will, who are being paid nothing.

–  Kevin Bales

Sweatshops are factories where workers work long hours under poor conditions, and for very low wages. People working in sweatshops are often under the age of 14 (the legal working age in Australia) and do not make much money for very tedious labor intensive. Many sweatshop workers are faced with abuse and violence, but are offered no other alternatives or ways out of the industry as it’s the only way for them to make money.

Many of these factories are also not held up to international OH&S standards.

Of course these places offer people employment and create jobs, however we personally believe that it’s best that this money gets invested into creating ethical employment for said workers.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kimberley Chen says:

    I feel like that we have forgotten about sweatshops, and how detrimental they are to a developing nations society, sweatshops not only allow the abuse of labour, but also give corrupt manufacturers the chance to severely underpay their staff. Since Nike’s incident in the early 2000’s I think that the global economy has forgotten about this is huge issue, and it certainly needs to be re-addressed just like you said.

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  2. Great read! Sweats shops are a huge issue that I can’t believe are still being swept under the rug time and time again after mainstream media is done with its feature story!

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