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As an American born and raised in a stable democracy I thought I was going to write an essay in opposition of black-market sweatshops but I was wrong Americans have been brought up to see sweatshops as immoral and degrading Weve only seen one side of the story and that ideal has been reinforced for generations Learning about sweatshops from another point of view has opened my eyes I still see sweatshops as corrupt but also a necessary evil For all the misery they can engender sweatshops at least offer a precarious escape from the poverty that is the developing worlds greatest problem Globalization has caused an increase in sweatshop labor which benefits the economies of developing nations and the standard of living of the sweatshop laborers despite some detrimental effects It is true that many sweatshops deny what Americans define as human rights Denying bathroom breaks exposing children to dangerous chemicals and other unsafe working environments dismissing anyone who attempts to organize a union and forcing overtime are just some forms of brutality To sway Americans against the benefits of sweatshops we often hear horror stories of this mistreatment but such cases or not the normal sweatshop Workers and their families are not indifferent to such suffering they simply have a different perspective when it came to what constitutes desirable work It surprised me people in third world countries are eager work long hours They see it as an advantage because it offers them a chance to earn more money In the economic turmoil of developing countries children are proud to able to contribute to the well being of their family It is hard for an American to believe that the poor in these countries accept sweatshop employment However the pay is higher and the conditions no worse than the general alternatives subsistence farming domestic services casual manual labor prostitution or unemployment According to a United Nations report improvements in human development can
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