Cambodian Sweatshop Documentary Gives A Shocking Look At The Human Price Of Fashion

The plight of factory laborers cannot be this shocking, at this point in time.

Sweatshop Deadly Fashion, produced by a Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, features three fashion bloggers from Norway, who traveled to Cambodia to live and work as textile factory workers.

Frida, Ludvig and Anniken are the fashion-savvy people who took part in this social experiment where reality television meets the harsh reality of the garment industry in Phnom Penh. Alongside the locals, they lived the lives of laborers for an entire month, experiencing firsthand the plight of minimum wage and long working hours.

They were, obviously, shocked and deeply troubled by their experiences.

On one hand, the purpose of the documentary is a great successful, in that it is indeed making people think about how their decision to buy branded clothing can negatively affect the lives of people in the developing world.

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The documentary is increasingly popular across Europe, and according to Jezebel, the popular clothing brand H&M has been affected by it, clarifying its ethical stance on mass producing garments.

On the other, as one Reddit user puts it, “Sewing, like a lot of manufacturing, is tedious, repetitive work. It is clearly the kind of work that these young people have no experience with. They would likely have the same reaction to any factory work, let alone something like agricultural work.”

The documentary is actually from 2014. According to a thread on Reddit, it went viral after the Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher tweeted about it.

While there’s no downplaying the harsh lives factory workers endure, it is the shocking reaction to these harsh realities, for which many people do not even realize the changing dynamics of minimum wage and employment, which says a lot more than the documentary itself.

The gaps in global society are widening even more, it seems.

The video above is only a trailer of the documentary, which actually spans over five episodes. You can watch the entire series here.

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