Essay on Hard Labor in Bangladesh

1049 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, …show more content…
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 export sales of sweatshop goods. This act was intended to provide good working conditions, but it died in committee. When this act was brought upon the committee, many colleges created Sweatfree procedures. College students spread their message about sweatshops and child labor. They believe workers everywhere have a right to dignity and respect on the job,

Related Documents