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Sweat Shop Slavery Theres an obvious difference between slavery and getting paid to work However when long hours every day are rewarded with payment that barely provides for survival how can that not be interpreted as slavery As a country we pulled together over 100 years ago to abolish slavery and move our way towards a more civil country with respect to basic human rights If the exploitation does not take place within the 50 United States is it less of an issue The words sweat shop have been tossed around but some people are not even clear what they mean Fancy packages and expensive price tags on the things we buy in America make it difficult to picture a center geared towards mass production run by millions of men women and children who work in extremely abusive conditions In 1996 50 percent of the United States clothing factories were sweat shops and 75 percent of them were violating health laws safety and basic human rights President Clinton had this to say of the issue Our nation has always stood for human dignity and the fundamental rights of working people We believe everyone should work but no one should have to put their lives or health in jeopardy to put food on the table for their families Yet the sweat shops continue An area that has gotten much attention recently is Saipan which is an American territory in the Pacific Ocean Popular clothing companies that grace the pages in magazines and run commercials every five minutes have thousands of workers located there In fact the factories in that area have exceeded their legal limit of foreign garment workers by more than 4000 people Even though the workers make 305 each hour minimum wage they suffer as illegal indentured servants who do not get paid overtime and work in horrible conditions Most of the workers are women They work 12 hours a
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