VICTORIAS SECRET/PINK

VICTORIAS SECRET NOT SO SECRET SWEATSHOP

What is a sweatshop?

a factory or workshop, especially in the clothing industry, where manual workers are employed at very low wages and very poor conditions.

*The laborers work 14 to 15
hours a day and are forced
to sew one bikini every 3.3
minutes.

*The workers
live in small fenced-in dorms that have
no hot water or heat.


*“A worker gets four cents for a woman’s bikini that sells for 14 U.S. dollars – a fraction of the retail price. In 2006, Victoria’s Secret sales totaled 3.2 billion U.S. dollars from retail outlets alone.”

“The 150 laborers get one day off every three to four months


http://voicesweb.org/archive/09nov/09nov-university.pdf

Where is the the sweatshop for Victoria's Secret/ PINK located?

The sweatshop for Victoria's Secret/ PINK is located in Asia. This sweatshop is also used for well known brands such as Adidas and Nike.
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How did the Industrial Revolution affect working conditions?

During the Industrial Revolution, working conditions were hard and had very low wages. Workers earned $8-$10 a week or 10 cents an hour. Employees were 8-14 and older. Factories were not the best places to work. The smoke from the machines caused smoke and left the workers covered in black soot and smoke.

http://webs.bcp.org/sites/vcleary/ModernWorldHistoryTextbook/IndustrialRevolution/IREffects.html

What solutions/alernatives are there to sweatshops?

Sweatshops are doing something to help. They are providing jobs that pay better than other alternatives, and they are contributing to offer an economic development that gives a beneficial outcome.

http://www.learnliberty.org/videos/top-3-ways-sweatshops-help-poor-escape-poverty/

What did I learn?

I learned that one of my favorite brands uses a sweatshop to produce their products with poor conditions and low wages.

As an American consumer, am I now more concerned with how the products i buy are made? Why or Why not?

Yes, because I feel like people should not have to work in these conditions to produce items for other peoples satisfactions because I feel like I'm taking advantage of their hard work.
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