Is Disney the Bad Guy?

Disney: kids making kids toys?

Remember that trip to Disneyland when you were a kid? Remember that cool lion king shirt that your parents got you? Chances are that that shirt was made in a sweatshop. Children work ten to thirteen hours a day, six to seven days a week making Disney books. In the beautiful country, Vietnam, thousands of tourists travel to see the beautiful beaches every year. While they are out playing in the water 17 year old girls are making toys in an over heated factory seven days a week for less than 17 cents per hour. In Hati, girls are making Aladdin t-shirts for 28 cents per hour. All of these horrible acts are being overseen by the CEO of Disney, Michael Eisner. He makes $102,000 per hour. You may ask, "why would people do this?" One word, money. If the company makes more money everything is good in the U.S. If Disney doesn't have to pay the kids that are working for them lots of money, then the CEOs and bosses get more money. You may also ask "how do they get away with this" The country's Disney puts its factories in may not have child labor laws, or the government doesn't enforce those laws. Even though Disney has been getting a lot of heat about using child labor lately, they still use it. It's supposed to be easier to handle their workers. It's supposed to help Disney make more money, but I don't think it's worth it.

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Would Disney Take Advantage of Just Anyone?

In Bangladesh there are lots of slave labor factories. So,undercover reporter Raveena Aulakh went to investigate one of the factories. It wasn't hard to get a "job" at the factory. Raveena was able to fit in with the other workers, so she could look inconspicuous and still get information. Raveena worked in a factory with a boss that was nine years old. She worked under grueling conditions. She had to sit on a concrete floor all day long and was sore constantly. She worked in terrible heat and didn't get provided enough water. She didn't get paid nearly enough for the amount of work she put in each day making shirts. After working for a week in Daka, Bangladesh, Raveena returned to Canada to write a very awfully inspiring story. The article she wrote caused lots of people wanting to donate to stop child and slave labor. The article really opened people's eyes about horrible working conditions in third world countries. If awareness gets out about this abuse to workers, companies like Disney will have to change their ways. My action plan would be to raise awareness to not just the United States but to everyone and anyone who would be willing to help. If I was a child working in these kinds of conditions I would want someone to help get me out of the sweatshop. The more people that know about Disney and their horrid manufacturing schemes, the more people will stop buying Disney produced things. If Disneys income goes down they will realize that they need to stop exploiting children and poorer countries. Right now, Disney isn't doing anything to change its ways. Disney could start inspecting its factories and paying the workers better. That would be the first step. There are many more after that, but right now, that would be a wonderful change for all of the workers.

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Reporter, Daily Mail. "My Life as a Sweatshop Worker: Undercover Reporter Tells of Crushing Hours and Terrible Pay in Bangladeshi Clothes Factory Where She Worked for Girl Boss Aged Just NINE." Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 12 Oct. 2013. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.

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