Are Global Sweatshops Ethical? Essay

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Global sweatshops are an issue that is viewed in different ways across the globe. As a nation we have the power of controlling what is allowed and not allowed on our own soil. However when we start to control what other countries are allowed to do, matters get a little more difficult. In third-world countries sweatshops are viewed as beneficial factories where people can earn enough money to survive. Whereas in America, sweatshops are used by large corporations so that they can hire cheap labor to lower costs. Several organizations and communities in America protest the actuality of sweatshops and the American corporations which fuel them. Although they are viewed as beneficial to the ...view middle of the document...

America is a country that is rich and has evolved very quickly compared to other third world countries. While our industrial revolution and state of destitution of our country are a thing of the past, other countries are still in this stage of development. Workers in sweatshops are there by choice and not by force. They are not slaves and are not enforced to work. A lot of the workers in the sweatshops are very grateful to have their jobs so that they can bring money to support their families. One particular father of a daughter who works in a sweatshop had to say,"It's good pay," he said. "I hope she can keep that job. There's all this talk about factories closing now, and she said there are rumors that her factory might close. I hope that doesn't happen. I don't know what she would do then." (NyTimes 2000)As one of many fathers of sweatshop worker, Mongkol was pleased that his daughter has a job. Without the job working in the factory they would have a lot less money to eat and be malnourished. Diseases are much easier to be infected with when you don't have any money to buy food and supplies with. For this particular family, they are very grateful that the sweatshop is in their town because it helps them survive.In some towns and villages people pray that a sweatshop will open up near them. In a small town in Cambodia there is a lady named Nhem Yen who moved to an area with a lethal amount of Malaria in the area. She says "We needed to eat, and here there is wood, so we thought we could cut it and sell it" (NyTimes 2000). It is very clear that families living in these underprivileged areas are trying very hard just to survive. Unfortunately Nhem Yens daughter and son-in-law both died of malaria, leaving her with two grandchildren and five children of her own. She says she could have prevented the deaths if she was able to purchase a simple mosquito net to cover up their sleeping area with. Sweatshops are not viewed as the unpleasant and harsh factories in the towns that they reside in. They are viewed as jobs and an opportunity for those who want to do something productive,...

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