Skip to content. When Rotchana Sussman arrived in Los Angeles in , she thought she was about to start a new, well-paying job as a garment worker. She had worked in a factory in her native country, Thailand. The housing complex where Sussman was taken was encircled by barbed wire. Take the quiz. The downstairs garages had been converted into sewing rooms.
How a sweatshop raid in an LA suburb changed the American garment industry
Sweatshops make poor people better off — Adam Smith Institute
The feminist side of sweatshops
Sweatshops are awful places to work. But they are often less awful than other jobs sweatshop workers could take. And this is the basic argument in defence of sweatshops. Most evidence suggests that sweatshops pay better than the alternatives.
GUANGZHOU, China — Nearly a decade after some of the most powerful companies in the world — often under considerable criticism and consumer pressure — began an effort to eliminate sweatshop labor conditions in Asia, worker abuse is still commonplace in many of the Chinese factories that supply Western companies, according to labor rights groups. The groups say some Chinese companies routinely shortchange their employees on wages, withhold health benefits and expose their workers to dangerous machinery and harmful chemicals, like lead, cadmium and mercury. And so while American and European consumers worry about exposing their children to Chinese-made toys coated in lead, Chinese workers, often as young as 16, face far more serious hazards.