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  •  So what are you saying? (3+ / 0-)
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    Are you saying that paying people $40/month and forcing them to work in unclean and unsafe sweat shops is ok because they live in a third world country and are somehow better off than they were before?

    These outfits are exploiting worker's ignorance not the primitive conditions they live in. What Bangladeshi worker wouldn't want $1000/month? That is what they would get if we told these guys they have to pay our minimum wage and abide by our labor and environmental policies or they can't sell their products here.

    "Live as if you will die tomorrow. Learn as if you will live forever.", Mohandas Gandhi

    by Bubbatoby on Thu May 02, 2013 at 03:15:31 PM PDT

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    •  They're exploiting the situation that's been (0+ / 0-)

      created over the years by Western countries and companies as well. Many of the people who work in these factories are essentially debt peons, although I don't know about this specific factory. I'd add that most of the countries who are in these situations have huge debts that have been built up from building an infrastructure specifically meant to allow them to do this kind of work. If we lent them money to develop an infrastructure that helps people instead of just corporations.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Thu May 02, 2013 at 03:34:36 PM PDT

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    •  I am saying that you work actively (0+ / 0-)

      with suppliers just the same way that Apple and other computer and device manufacturers worked with Chinese suppliers to improve standards. Public pressure works. We have to stay engaged in the process. Bangladeshis have only their labor to sell right now. Public pressure on US retailers can help to improve things for these workers. Don't make the perfect the enemy of the good.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Thu May 02, 2013 at 03:55:10 PM PDT

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    •  I didn't say it was OK (0+ / 0-)

      but I equally don't want to see these workers thrust back into starvation just to make you feel better.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Thu May 02, 2013 at 03:56:19 PM PDT

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