Journalists have been exposing the problems with sweatshops for years, especially in Cambodia.
"Made in Cambodia" is a common thing to see on your clothing tags. These clothes are often sold at stores like Adidas, Gap, and H&M. However, did you know what workers in these sweatshops that made those clothes actually face?
Although there have been human rights organizations fighting to fix some of these problems, it seems that over the years, they have just gotten worse.
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One of the more obvious problems are that the sweatshops are hot. Very hot. Anyone who has been to Southeast Asia knows how awful the heat and humidity can be, and working in conditions like that make people faint and pass out frequently.
Workers, because of the heat, might slow down their production rate. They are often abused, being pressured to push out a massive amount of work in a short time. If they don't, they will most likely be fired.
Despite all their hard work, workers are given extremely low wages. Last year, Cambodian workers went on strike for higher wages, and authorities killed a number of protesters.
But, there's more.
Although children are forbidden to work under the Human Rights Watch, it turns out that many children, as young as 11, are dropping out of school to work in the factories.
If a woman gets pregnant, she will get fired. However, without a job, how can she raise her new baby? Especially when 90 percent of the work force in Cambodian sweatshops are women, this is a huge problem.
One reason pregnant women are fired is because bosses hate when people take bathroom breaks. Many workers only go one time during a 10-hour shift, or else they face abuse.
False incentives happen often in sweatshops. Employers will promise workers more money or overtime if they produce more clothes in a certain amount of time. This enables the workers to work even harder, but most of the time, they won't get anything for it.
In order to help stop some of the problems in sweatshops, we can do better to educate ourselves about the issues there, stop buying clothes from stores that outsource in Cambodia (and other sweatshops around the world), and get involved with organizations that try to help.