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Sweatshop Workers and Their Origin

Have you ever wondered where the clothes you are wearing right now come from? Well they come from sweatshop workers around the world. The term sweatshop means that, it is a place of work that happens to violate two or more labor laws. Sweatshops are not a new innovation, the idea of sweatshops has been brought down from things like slavery and or the industrial revolution. The Industrial Revolution had occurred in roughly 1760, so that is almost 200 years of people have to work labor intensive jobs without getting much pay. Many sweatshops are in existence in China, New York ,and the English Capital of London. Many things had arose from the Industrial Revolution and one of the things was horrid working conditions, sweatshops still exist today in major cities, and the incredible amount of similarities you see between the two.

Sweatshops are a compilation of the conditions from the Industrial Revolution and slavery. Both slavery and the Industrial Revolution had the workers, work very tough jobs and give them little to no pay. Both the Industrial Revolution and the Sweatshops both make workers have horrible hours and the conditions are inhumane. These people working in these working conditions were not happy people. The wages that also are provided are minimal. Neither pay much money at all.There were abolitionist movements towards these workshops and even in the 21st century there are still groups trying to stop sweatshops, like The Clean Clothes Campaign. Within the Industrial Revolution, if you were not working hard enough you were beaten with a leather strap, also referred to as strapping. The leader of the children working in the shops would make children sweep inside the cotton mill, while it was still on.

Sweatshops are a factory or workshop were workers are treated unfairly. Sweatshops exist in places like London, New York, and mainly China. The sweatshops producing clothing, food, and or toy product. They use workers that work anywhere from 14-16 hours a day and many sweatshops violate child labor laws. They have children working inhumane hours while their bodies are still developing and changing. This could lead to many issues to happen to them once they grow older. Many modern day brands like Nike, H&M, and Adidas use sweatshops to produce their clothing. These companies use sweatshops to produce their clothing so they can get it to you the consumer.  In the early 19th century many people saw connections to slavery within the sweatshop industry. In bangladesh a woman who had to train a nine-year old girl had said, “The first time I saw Meem, which was also my first day at work at a sweatshop, she was having a good day despite the wretched heat. She sat cross-legged on the concrete floor, a tiny, frail figure among piles of collars, cuffs and other parts of unstitched shirts” This little girl, nine years of age was put to work in these horrid Sweatshops, on a hot day crammed into warehouse with thousands of other workers.

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In the Industrial Revolution workers had to work 12-14 hour days with hard laborious jobs. Most people, when they think of the Industrial Revolution, they think about all of the great inventions that had  from that time period. The inventions such as, the sewing machine, the Bessemer Process, and the Spinning Jenny. All of these inventions had revolutionized the world, hence the name Industrial Revolution. These machines had to be operated by a user or human. People wanted more and more products to be produced, so they had hired more workers to produce these products and these workers had to work all day and night to make these products. The wages these workers had received were very low.  Many say that the working conditions were just plain terrible. Wages were terrible: 15 Shillings (75 pounds or $100 a week). This income they brought was barely enough to help support their families.

The Industrial Revolution and the modern day Sweatshops have many similarities between the two. Both the industrial revolution and the sweatshops both make workers have horrible hours and the conditions are inhumane. These people working in these working conditions were not happy people, they were always tired and in bad moods dueto what they do. The wage that also are provided are minimal. Neither pay much money at all.There were abolitionist movements towards these workshops and even in the 21st century there are still groups trying to stop sweatshops, like The Clean Clothes Campaign.

Sweatshops are horrible thing that are still in existence to this day. Many huge companies use sweatshops to produce their products and people do not realize it. People purchase from these companies without doing any research beforehand. Would these companies make as much money if popular opinion knew what was happening behind the scenes? Many things had arose from the Industrial Revolution and one of the things was horrid working conditions, sweatshops still exist today in major cities, and both relate in many ways to one another. If you want to end sweatshops and the poor kids working in them email or call the major companies that utilize sweatshops in today’s world. You can also contact your local representatives and the Government could put an end to the horrid things we know as Sweatshops.

Article by Bronson Maringer and Wyatt Couch

Works Cited:

Reporter, Daily Mail. “My life as a sweatshop worker: Undercover reporter tells of crushing hours and terrible pay in Bangladeshi clothes factory where she worked for girl boss aged just NINE.” Daily Mail Online, Associated Newspapers, 12 Oct. 2013, www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2456412/My-life-sweatshop-worker-Undercover-reporter-tells-crushing-work-terrible-pay-girl-boss-aged-just-NINE.html.

“GCSE Bitesize: Working conditions in factories.” BBC, BBC, www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/shp/britishsociety/livingworkingconditionsrev1.shtml.

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