Hard Labor in Bangladesh

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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, Kelsey Timmerman, met with the general manager of the Motorola store, Dalton, where there they discussed how Timmerman would get in. Timmerman was told to lie to the factory owner in order to get in, he said he was a garment buyer and was interested in their products. When Timmerman finally got into his first factory he was entirely shocked at the fact that most of the workers were not children but adults. People believe that all factories/sweatshops are using children as workers, but it was not the case in this factory in Bangladesh. Although the workers were not children still do not define how they are treated. Workers get hurt on the job and the owner will just give them a bandage and let them continue working. Owners of factories do not care nor appreciate their workers; they just want their garments to be done the right way. Owners should be respectful to their workers. Considering the fact that the workers need to work in order to support their family, the owners do not care about them, whi... ... middle of paper ... ...ce on a journey to sweatshop factories and the lives of an everyday garment worker. Labor laws need to be enforced. The people should help, and the owners need to be more respectful. Laws should be created to protect the workers, sweatshop conditions should be improved, and workers need to speak up for themselves. Works Cited Kedmey, Dan. "World." World Fire Guts 10Story Garment Factory in Bangladesh Comments. Wordpress.com, 29 Nov. 2013. Web. 03 Dec. 2013. Perkins, Frances. "Bangladesh." Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor -. N.p., 2012. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. "Sweatshops in Bangladesh | War on Want." War On Want. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2013. Timmerman, Kelsey. "Walmart, 112 Dead Bangladeshis and You." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 28 Nov. 2012. Web. 04 Dec. 2013 Timmerman, Kelsey. Where Am I Wearing? Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2012. Print.

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