Thursday, January 9, 2014

Undercover Look Inside A Bangladesh Garment Factory

Arjun Walia
Activist Post

Below is a video of a clothing factory in Bangladesh, where the workers are unethically young. These particular children are paid approximately (at most) 40 dollars a month to work everyday, rotating on 12-hour shifts.

Corporations, especially many North American-based ones, often travel to poverty stricken areas in different countries all across the world for cheap labor so they can maximize their profits. This is ridiculous, these corporations could easily afford to provide jobs for adults at a good rate of pay in comfortable conditions. Sometimes I wonder if it’s really to maximize profit or to purposely exploit children and have them struggle every day, that these corporations get a rise out of that.

Clothing corporations that exploit children make billions upon billions of dollars every year. It’s not just clothes, but everything. Not long ago it was revealed that inside Apple’s Chinese factory, workers were paid 1 dollar an hour to produce iPhones and iPads for the West. They even have suicide nets outside their factories because people were commonly jumping out of the windows.

Are you telling me that these corporations cannot afford to pay their workers properly, provide them with a healthy work environment and stop exploiting children? Are you telling me that this is an opportunity for children to provide for their family? It’s hard to perceive it that way when it clearly doesn’t have to be this way.