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Hard Labor In Bangladesh Essay

1359 words - 5 pages

Most people believe hard labor is bad in third world countries, and they are right. The conditions in a sweatshop are not acceptable; the laws do not do anything for the workers, and the workers work long hours for little pay. Many people do not think of where their clothes are made, or who made them. In the book “Where Am I Wearing?” the author Kelsey Timmerman takes the readers on a journey to where his clothes were made. In the book he describes to readers the sweatshops conditions, he mentions a few laws and he talks about a worker named Afria and her lifestyle as a garment worker.
Getting into a factory in Bangladesh takes a lot of work. The author himself had to lie about who he is and why he was there just to get in. The author, Kelsey Timmerman, met with the general manager of the Motorola store, Dalton, where there they discussed how Timmerman would get in. Timmerman was told to lie to the factory owner in order to get in, he said he was a garment buyer and was interested in their products. When Timmerman finally got into his first factory he was entirely shocked at the fact that most of the workers were not children but adults. People believe that all factories/sweatshops are using children as workers, but it was not the case in this factory in Bangladesh. Although the workers were not children still do not define how they are treated. Workers get hurt on the job and the owner will just give them a bandage and let them continue working. Owners of factories do not care nor appreciate their workers; they just want their garments to be done the right way. Owners should be respectful to their workers. Considering the fact that the workers need to work in order to support their family, the owners do not care about them, which is awful. These workers are just as humans as the owners. Most of the garment factories in Bangladesh are not safe; they lock all the doors in order to “protect” their garments from being stolen. Locking the doors is a fire hazard. The Triangle Shirtwaist fire in 1911 was an example used in the book “Where Am I Wearing?” as how dangerous it is to have the workers locked inside the garment factory. The fire killed 146 trapped workers in New York City. Timmerman then compares it to the garment factory fire near the Fantasy Kingdom on December 14, 2010 that killed 112 employees. “Just like Triangle in 1911, just like 2010 -- exits were locked, fire extinguishers didn't work, and workers lost their lives in the fire or jumped to their deaths.” (Timmerman, Kelsey1). Conditions are horrible no one should be treated like this; no one should have died like the workers died in the fire of 2010. Workers should be treated with more respect and consumers need should take them into consideration. Sweatshop conditions need to be improved by the owners and they should have all safety standards up to date.
The Decent Working Condition Fair Competition Act 2007, commonly known as, the antisweatshop bill was created to ban import and...

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