By slaves. Or, something close to it.
VF Corporation is an American clothing supplier and the parent company of North Face, Lee, Wrangler and Timberland. VF Corporation uses factories in Bangladesh. In 2013, a factory collapse, killing some 1100 workers and revealing the squalid conditions in those factories.
But VF corporation isn't the only company using cheap labor in southeast Asia. Gap, Adidas, Disney, Nike, H & M and most other large retailers use sweatshop labor in southeast Asia.
|Nike sweatshop in Bangladesh.|
Sweatshops are found all over the world. Even garments that say "Made in the U.S.A." are not free from sweatshop abuses: factories in the U.S. held territories of the Mariana Islands do not have to follow U.S. labor laws but can still carry the "Made in the U.S.A." label. Over 98% of all clothes sold in the United States is imported.
The worst sweatshops are found in southeast Asia.
FACTS ABOUT THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY
- Garment workers in Bangladesh are the lowest paid in the world
- Children working in Bangladesh routinely work 7 days a week with no holidays or paid leave
- Pregnant women are fired
- Sweatshops are dangerous. Factory collapses and fires are common.
- Bathroom breaks are prohibited during the work hours, only during a brief lunch break
- Workers are often subjected to quotas. If a worker does not meet the quota, they are not paid for the work that they have already completed
- Some sweatshops force people to work 72 hours straight
- Workers in sweatshops are often fined for various "offenses:" arriving late, not working fast enough, taking too long in the toilet, forgetting to turn off the lights. Fines can amount to days or weeks of pay
- Workers are often fired for complaining about conditions
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