Taking a Closer Look at Sweatshops

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Scholarly intrigue and a hunger for knowledge led Kelsey Timmerman to write the book "Where Am I Wearing". "Where Am I Wearing" is a compilation of both Timmerman's thought-provoking questions: questions about wear the clothes we wear come from, about who makes our clothes, about the working conditions of the people who make our clothes, and the stories that he gathered during the many journeys that he went on while writing the book. Through his tales of travel Timmerman introduces his readers to the harsh realities of globalization, poverty, child labor, and sweatshops.

With the continued rise of consumer "needs" in "industrial" countries such as the United States, and the consistently high price that corporations must pay to produce goods in these countries, companies are looking to "increase (their) profits by driving down costs any way possible... To minimize costs, companies look for places with the lowest wages and human rights protections" (Dosomething). Countries with lax or unenforced labor laws grant multinational corporations the leeway to use cheap foreign labor to mass-produce their commodities so that they can be sold in countries like America. These inexpensive, sometimes borderline illegal, establishments are known as sweatshops. In his book Timmerman discusses the topic of sweatshops in great detail. Originally in search of "where (his) T-shirt was made(;) (Timmerman) (went) to visit the factory where it was made and (met) the people who made (it)" (Timmerman5).

The mere idea of sweatshops, let alone their existence, seems cruel and unusual to people like us, especially in today's day and age. After all, in sweatshops "workers are subject to extreme exploitation. This includes... (not) enabling workers to cover ...

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...also bring job loss in (third-world countries)” (Timmerman70).

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Timmerman, Kelsey. "A Consumer Goes Global." Where Am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries,
Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009. 5. Print.

Timmerman, Kelsey. "A Consumer Goes Global." Where Am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries,
Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009. 9. Print.

Timmerman, Kelsey. "A Consumer Goes Global." Where Am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries,
Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009. 70. Print.
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