The Effects Of Sweatshops

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While shopping at a clothing store and purchasing name-brand clothing, consumers are often heedless toward the harrowing and terrible conditions their clothing was produced in. Perhaps they are misinformed about the blood, sweat, and tears the price of fashion truly costs. Or maybe they choose to politely ignore one of the nation’s most problematic issues- child labor and sweatshops. There are numerous factors that contributed to the horrible working conditions of sweatshops, both in the past and present day.
Sweatshops have been around since the mid-1800s, when waves of immigrants flooded the coast of Ellis Island, desperately seeking jobs to support their poor families. They were willing to undergo any appalling conditions and low wages
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Their wages were necessary to maintain their poor immigrant families. They often had so little left for themselves that they lacked winter coats and could not afford to eat for lunch.” This problem was an ideal situation for sweatshops to develop. With many immigrants frantically searching for any job, manufacturers got cheap labor from very willing newcomers to America.Yet another factor that contributed to the conditions of sweatshops was social and economic conditions. Workers were willing to accept any wages and management systems lacking humanity and compassion, However, no matter how horrendous the conditions, laborers were often forced to stay silent in matters in which included better working conditions and a working union. They “lacked the knowledge and access to resources to enable them to overcome the impossible working conditions.” (Sweatshops) Furthermore, many newcomers to America did not speak English, which made them vulnerable and easily preyed on by manufacturers. The article, “Sweatshops” writes, “ Many could not read or write in English- and were essentially pawns of often unscrupulous, profit-driven manufacturers…..Southern and eastern European immigrants were easy prey for manufacturers who paid low wages and provided poor working conditions in…show more content…
One of these elements includes the fact that most sweatshops are established in third world nations- India, Africa, Vietnam, just to name a few. Today, “3,000 sweatshops employing perhaps 50,000 workers or more exist in New York. Another 1,500 to 2,000 sweatshops, according to Mr. von Nostitz, exist in Los Angeles, several hundred in Chicago, and more in other cities, particularly cities in the Sun Belt with large immigrant populations.” (Serrin, William) Due to the poverty, sweatshops were created for manufacturers to receive “easy money”, and for the population of these countries to get paid any source of income. Most family members were faced with the same problem - too many mouths to feed, too little money. Many parents/guardians sold their children into labor in order to fend for themselves and also support themselves. This problem correlates to the factor that focused on economic pressures. Children needed to support their poor families and to get food on the table. According to the article titled, “Child Laborers Working over 60 hours Week in Slums of Bangladesh”, the author described, “Children cited the economic pressures facing their family as the main reason for entering the world of work.” The final factor is that most managers of sweatshop factories
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