Paper on Sweatshops

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Sweatshops


When you think about children, chances are you think of them getting up in the morning,
going to school then coming home and going outside to play. Sadly this isn't always the
case. In other countries, children are locked up inside being forced to work. Is it fair
that a child is forced to work a twelve-hour shift, seven days a week earning only seven
cents an hour? This means if a child were to work eighty-four hours a week (when the
maximum is 60 hours a week), then they will have only earned $5.55. Sometimes they have to
work overtime which they aren't paid for. If a worker cannot stay for the overtime, they
are suspended without pay or they are fired. The workers want Unions, but the companies
forbid them!


Living on these salaries is almost impossible. A round trip bus to work costs 0.37cents,
and just enough food to get by for a day is about $1.33. That means each person could
spend $ 2.59 per day. The majority of the people are spending more than they make, so a
lot of them go hungry. That total doesn't include rent, which is usually 0.86 a day for a
one room apartment. If the worker pays the rent, there is nothing left over, in fact, they
are in debt. What about food for the family, utilities, clothes, doctor's bills,
medicines, or even to think about going to school? Because of the great cost of living for
these people the whole family is forced to work.


An estimated two hundred and fifty million children ages six to fourteen work for pennies
a day so that their families have food to eat and a place to live. One half of these
children work full-time. 85% of these children come from Asia and Africa. These children
don't want to be working, but their parents normally force them to. Because of this, the
children miss out on the opportunity to be educated. Remember, children are the future>
And with millions of them locked up, never learning how to read or write, or even simple
math skills, what kind of future do we have? Most of these children work because of
poverty. If your income is high you will probably be picked to attend school, in other
words if you have money than you can go to school. Some children work because the schools
are too overcrowded for them to attend. Others are forced to drop out of school, not
because their parents force them to, but because the family's income is not great enough.
So they are forced to join the workforce.


Most people don't even realize that the products that we all love and enjoy partially made
by children. Some well-known companies, which have sweatshops, are Campbell's soup, H.J.
Heinz, Pillsbury, Kmart, J.C. Penny, Sears, Walmart, Gap, Nike, Disney, and Costco.


The thing that I don't understand is that if the majority of the public knows which
companies are making the merchandise in sweatshops, why do we buy from those companies? We
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