Sweatshops are an alternative to starving on the street.
Most factories pay better than the low income standard jobs in the developing world.
Most workers choose to work in sweatshops and are not forced into it.
Sweatshops seem worse through the eyes of an american because in America, the poorest person is still richer than many people in developing countries. The average american makes 8 times the national average.
If factories close, people will lose their jobs and be forced into things like prostitution or living on the street.
Out of 215 million child laborers, about half work in unsafe conditions.
In order to acquire more workers, sweatshops often lie to parents and say that children will receive education and care.
In some factories, there are no emergency exits.
Laborers are forced to work grueling hours, exposed to toxic chemicals, and locked in trucks at night to ensure that the workers do not escape.
People in sweatshops are sometimes bullied into working overtime without pay.
If workers were payed fairly and safety precautions were taken, consumers would only have to pay $1 more than they are now.
Many sweatshops are working hard to improve the working conditions.
Sweatshops are trying to pay more. In Vietnam, Nike workers earned $670 when the minimum wage was $134. In Indonesia, Nike paid $720 when the minimum wage was $241
Sweatshops actually improve trade in developing countries
If the price of labor increases or people cease to buy from sweatshops, the factories will be forced to hire less people.
The countries where sweatshops are common are too poor to do anything to stop the labor
The factories are corrupt
Many companies only care about the income, not the people
There is no organization that represents the sweatshop workers in developing countries
Some factories pay between $8.50-$12.5 for a 48 hour week
Only receive 2-3 days off a month
The laborers are overworked, both mentally and physically
Men and women are abused verbally and physically.
Women are forced to take birth control and have pregnancy tests in order to avoid maternity leave.
In conclusion, I believe that sweatshops are bad. However they can be good if safety precautions are taken. They can also be bad if labor becomes cheaper or safety precautions are not taken.