Still Sweating In Cambodia

The central challenge in the poorest countries is not that sweatshops exploit too many people, but that they don’t exploit enough.  – Nicholas Kristof

A couple months back, Ken Silverstein of Harpers wrote a feature on the conditions of garment workers in Cambodia called “Shopping For Sweat: The Human Cost of a Two-Dollar T-Shirt.”  It appears you can read a full version of the article online, even if you are not a subscriber to Harpers.  In some ways, it might seem the article isn’t revealing must that is new about the issue of sweatshops in the garment industry, but it does offer an important reminder that the issue has not gone away just because corporations have enacted toothless codes of ethics.  It also offers critiques of Cambodia’s “sweat-free” reputation and the view that sweatshop conditions are a necessary phase in a countries economic development.

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