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‘The Deadly Cost of Fashion’

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It can't be both ways.  Either we are getting clothing cheap because of sweat shops, or we are paying the same price we would if they were getting the U.S. minimum wage.  There is no question the price on the shelf is cheaper for clothing because it is manufactured in places without all the government regulations.  This helps poor families be able to make ends meet.  If all the clothes we had were made in the USA with today's minimum wage, clothing prices would be through the roof. 

 

 

Left wingers always want to stick their nose in other people's business.  Lets suppose they get their way and now you force a minimum wage on the people of Bangladesh.  That will put many of those people out of work, as we won't be buying their products, and all clothing prices will go up, making it hard for poor people in the U.S.  I don't believe we are helping anyone by interfering, and I will support no boycotts and will support no attempts to regulate Bangladesh or any other nation.  I will also continue to shop at Wal-Mart, and no amount of sob stories by liberals will make me change my shopping habits.  The last thing I want to do is help union leaders. 

 

 

I had to do some reading to find out some of the issues in Bangladesh.  

 

The garment industry in Bangladesh provides for the largest exports and growth in that country. Bangladesh was a socialist system and failing but when the government allowed private businesses, it saw growth. The garment industry is also the largest employer of women. The second largest employer is the agricultural sector. Apparently agricultural/farming jobs pays extremely poorly compared to garment industry jobs.

 

I read an article which interviewed a woman who worked agricultural, and did not make enough money to feed her family. Her sister died in the building collapse, but this woman wished she could have had a job like her sister who sent money back to the family. Enough to feed the the one who died, her husband and children, her parents and siblings and their husbands. All of them on about $102 a month.  

 

So, the garment industry is doing wonders for Bangladesh, for women, and for the families. People will travel and live 150 miles from their families to get a job to have money to send home and these jobs are in very high demand. To get a garment industry job, they have to be able to read and write, (which is a big step for women in Bangladesh).  

There is definitely an issue with safety in the buildings. Some U.S. companies require minimum safety standards to award a contract to a factory there. Others do not.                 

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Blessings nebula...

     I tried to watch the video but it was unavailable to view,I suppose I have heard enough from everyone to have adequate information to form an opinion on the subject.Although it appears there are horrible work conditions at these "sweat shops",I would have to agree with Butero that it is better than no job opportunities at all..................these places are the only source of income provided for many many people living in countries like Bangladesh,so should they starve because Americans do not approve of how their gov't regulates codes & regulations?I don't have the answers that would provide & at the same time protect......

      I was never one to smile on providing jobs for people in other countries when that means taking away jobs for our own citizens,how do we be of any help to anyone if we are unable to help ourselves?I have to admit i have very mixed emotions when it comes to many foreign affairs.........It always seems to boil down to the same thing in America,the rich get richer & the poor get poorer

       Much prayer is needed,I would not go as far as boycotting any of these companies,I would need a lot more first hand knowledge before I took a stand that could devastate a people I know very little about who are already faced with horrors I have been so blessed to never have experienced......I think it would be great to live in a world where people made their own clothes & it was considered a basic necessity...instead of pride & vanity influencing an industry & turning it into a luxury.....Kids in America are made to feel they don't fit in when they are not wearing "designer labels" & the latest in fashion trend........there are so many things wrong with the way we think & our entire society,we need to change the way we think before we go trying to fix the rest of the world

                                                                                                                                 With love-in Christ,Kwik

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