At CANYAP – Canadian Youth About Politics – the writer Anna argues in favour of sweatshops (or, at least, she argues against those arguing against sweatshops). Here’s a sample:
The countries with the highest rate of sweatshops and low-wage labor usage, South and East Asia, have experienced the most significant declines in the percent of the population living in extreme poverty. Meanwhile, Sub-Saharan Africa, where an extensive amount of government regulations exist against the creation of sweatshops (mostly at the U.N’s decree, mind you) has seen a steady increase.
And, indeed, sweatshops have been good for just about every economy they have been introduced to.
I tend to agree with Anna. I would like to get people out of sweatshops, but only by fostering better options, not by taking this option away. If you come to me with a plan to achieve that, I’ll jump on the anti-sweatshop bandwagon.
(Full disclosure: I tend to contribute to CANYAP, even though I am far from being a youth.)
*Yes, this is an attempt to fool you into thinking this is a Mindless Diversions post.