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Sweatshop, the word itself conjures up ideas of children toiling away for endless

hours for endless pay, but that is in foreign countries far away from us. It is easy to not

think about the fates of others. I started reading about sweatshops for this essay and was

appalled by what I read. Girls as young as fourteen working seventy hours a week for

less than a dollar an hour. Limited to only two bathroom brakes a day and docked a

days pay for every visit thereafter. Management forcing employees to take pregnancy

tests and firing the positive test takers. Sexual harassment, racism, and poor working

conditions all things that could be easily controlled.

I think that companies who subcontract goods from sweatshops should be boycotted

because of the racism, the sexual harassment, the poor working conditions, the

substandard pay, the exploitation of children, and to tell evil corporations that we

simply do not agree with what they are doing.

This boycotting of companies may already be working, according to Rachel Shabi,

writer for New Statesmen magazine "Gap feeling the heat from anti-sweatshop

campaigns? The clothes chain's announcement a few weeks ago of a 68 per cent drop in

executive officer, Millard Drexler, described 2001 as being Gap's "most difficult year

ever"(23). Shabi goes on to state that "The Gap brand has been so persistently targeted

by campaigners that it has become practically synonymous with "sweatshop labor" “

the practice of subcontracting the manufacture of goods to developing-world factories

where low pay and workplace abuses, such as child labor, poor safety,

sexual and physical harassment and hostility to unions, are commonplace (23).

Have you purchased a pair a Nike shoes lately? The price of shoes have increased

since I was in high school, a hundred and fifty dollars for the new Jordans.

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