Many of us thought slavery was a thing of the past. But from the way I see it, sweat shops aren’t that much different. “I spend all day on my feet, working with hot vapor that usually burns my skin, and by the end of the day, my arms and shoulders are in pain,” Alvaro Saavedra Anzures, a Mexican worker, said to the Global Exchange. “We have to meet the quota of 1,000 pieces per day. That translates to more than a piece every minute. The quota is so high that we cannot even go to the bathroom or drink water or anything for the whole day without risking our jobs.” NIKE; in El Salvador women work all day for 4.80.
The countries with sweatshops are better because of them.. But does that make it ok to treat the people like slaves? Gap, Forever 21, Old Navy, Target, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Sears and J.C. Penney Don’t boycott completely, just be a little more aware. Thirteen hours a day, six days a week – sometimes seven Wal-mart, K-Mart, J.C.
Penney; Tommy Hilfiger, the Gap, Banana Republic. Old Navy, Fruit of the Loom; Ann Taylor, Esprit, The Limited, Guess, Victoria’s Secret; Nike, Reebok, Adidas; Aztek, Apple, IBM; Zenith, Panasonic, General Electric; General Motors; Disney.Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, Levi’s We can’t stop buying from these companies. Because not buying anything at all would cause the sweatshops to shut down. But buying something from there would cause the sweat shops to hire more people for small pay. So protest, tell your friends, you are now aware so make others.
Children as young as the age of 5 are working in these inhumane factories. Some factories are nice and let you go to the rest room twice a day. Others do not let you leave your station all day. Nike 500,000 workers, mostly women, who make Nike footwear (through local contractors) in China, Indonesia and Vietnam. 56 women employed by a Nike contractor in Vietnam were forced to run around the factory in the hot sun until a dozen of them collapsed.
They were being punished for not wearing regulation shoes to work.