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.