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A sweatshop is a dangerous and unsafe working environment where workers are manipulated and are treated like slaves.They are generally abused by employers, and they can be exposed to harmful materials, hazardous situations and extreme temperatures. Sweatshop workers often work long hours for little pay, regardless of any laws mandating overtime pay or a minimum wage. Sweatshops are located all around the world and the workers make products for multi-national clothing companies.
Sweatshops are some people’s only option because they can easily get jobs in them and because they need money to survive. After they start working, it becomes extremely difficult to leave because they do not have enough money to support themselves while looking for another job because of the extremely low wages.
Child Labour is the employment of children at regular and sustained labour. It has been practised both legally and illegally for decades. Most of the time, children get jobs to help and support their families because the adults cannot get work, and/or the family is too poor to survive on the payment from just
the adults. They often have to work in appalling conditions with near to nothing payment. Below is an extract of an article (Child Labor: Pain and Resistance) that describes the conditions in which a child (Nirmala) started working and the conditions of the sweatshops that she and many other children worked in.
"Pg.200, Chapter 5, Rethinking Globalization"
By Bob Peterson
When Nirmala was eight her father took her to work as a weaver
in a carpet factory near Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The
family needed money, she said. Nepali children like Nirmala start
work at 6:00 in the morning and work late into the night, sometimes
16 hour days. They work in "factories" the size of a classroom: A
typical factory holds 18 huge weaving looms. Five children work at
each loom, tying knots in carpets. The lighting is poor and with no
windows, ventilation is bad. There are no bathrooms. Most of the
children eat only twice a day and are almost always hungry. Many
of them sleep in the factory, crowded into small rooms. The work
is painful: The children's hands often get numb after hours of moving
their fingers between stiff threads. The cramped spaces, long hours,
poor nutrition, lack of air, and wool dust cause sore backs and a large
variety of illnesses. Under these conditions, diseases like tuberculosis
(a deadly, infectious disease) can spread quickly from worker to worker.