Essay on Sweatshops

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As companies grow larger and more competitive, they are looking for cheaper ways to
produce their wares and increase their profit. That is, after all, how companies are able
to succeed, by giving their customers a comparable product for a cheaper price. This
increases sales and the overall bottom line. Which seems to be a beneficial plan for both
the companies and the consumers. That is, as long as the consumers don't know how the
product is being produced. The places that produce these products for an extremely cheap
cost are called "Sweatshops". A sweatshop is a small manufacturing establishment in which
employees work long hours under substandard conditions for low wages. Sweatshops came
about when employers sought to reduce overhead cost and to increase the volume of
production. These forms of operation were extremely popular from the 1850's through the
1930's. Luckily, for Americans, through federal and state legislation, especially minimum
wage and child labor laws, sweatshops have been diminished. Although companies are facing
tough labor laws against sweatshops in America, some have decided to continue their
inhuman practices in other countries. The unjust treatment of people in the workplace not
only needs to be fought on American soil, but it also has to be fought abroad until the
workers are at least paid a living wage.

Companies who have set up production factories in other countries may argue that they are
providing much needed work in areas of the world where jobs would not otherwise be
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