Peru Living and Labor Conditions

Industrialization and Similarities to Industrial Revolution

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The three pictures above show what life in Peru is like for the working people. The first image that I chose is of women working, sewing what looks like blankets. This image stuck out to me, because they are all wearing the same thing meaning that there must be a dress code. Also I could tell that they have been working hard for many hours due to the big piles of cloth next to each of the women. It also reminds me of the factories conditions during the Industrial Revolution in Britain. This image shows the working conditions to be crowded, with bad lighting and bad machinery. It shows that there are supervisors watching their every move which makes for a hostile environment as well. The second image depicts a 7 year old girl going through the trash and collecting all of the recyclables. Just like the olden days in Britain not only is this child labor but it is unhealthy for someone so young to be working in conditions like that, and she appears to be alone. Not only are the working conditions of the factories and sweatshops bad but “Peru may become the country's next major source of forced labor” (Bargent).The last image is displaying the living conditions in Peru. This woman and her son are in their home, you can see kitchen supplies on the floor and a bed in the background. The house is pretty much just a box with a door. Clearly child labor, poor working conditions, and a poor home environment are all issues in Peru for the factory workers. As you can see life in Peru is not exactly our idea of an ideal and appropriate life for those people.


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The Sweatshops and factories in Peru are easily described as dangerous, exhausting, dirty, crowded, and slave-like. This rough environment is considered dangerous because many of the workers are young, as in under age, so these children could easily hurt themselves. Not only are the working conditions dangerous during work, but it also takes a huge toll on you body since many of the workers work for 16-19 hours a day and as bad as that sounds to make it worse they get paid generally $10 per week or less. Since these people work about 19 hours a day I think it is safe to say that they are beyond exhausted. Many Peruvian children were enslaved and forced to work in mines to produce gold, and in return all they got was food and a mat for sleep. not only is the term "slave-like" meant literally, but also metaphorically because in a regular working environment the pay that they receive is so low based on their work and rate of production, also based on the profit that their company makes. James Bargent wrote in his article that "a site inspection revealed the workers -- among them minors -- were working 17-hour days stitching clothes for a local fashion chain." The factories are crowded because of all of the workers that are shoved into the room and also from the cloths and other products that they make. It can be so crowded that some people work on the floor. The factories and sweatshops are dirty because the factory owners do not care about the conditions of the workers, only the quality of their products and the rate of production. The homes of the workers are also dirty because they are so poor that they can not afford anything better, so they make do with what they have. These adjectives describe the conditions of the factories during the British Industrial Revolution just as well. Most adjectives that could be used to describe the conditions of the factories and everyday life are negative.

The Future of Peru

The future of Peru will most likely improve on some levels due to many little acts of consideration. One of those acts of kindness seems to be coming from other countries that have gotten involved and are working towards improvement so I am hoping that it can only go up hill from here. These countries are working to rescue kids from child labor in extreme environments. Southern Copper said "We call on the political authorities of Peru to find a solution as soon as possible ... to restore the order and the principle of authority." The unions during the industrial revolution are similar to, "the labor union at Cerro Verde [that] began the strike…to demand health insurance and improved working conditions" (Roberta Pregnaca). Based on what has happened in the past during the industrial revolution I think that the employers will have to settle due to all of the protesting, this could be the first step towards improving living and working lifestyles and conditions. As for the cities I don’t think that will become more advanced just like all other countries in the world but it won’t have anything to do with industrialization. The manufacturing will most likely become more legal since there is currently so much inhumane child labor that is being fought. Overall the countries labor will change in the future in the sense that conditions will improve in order to protect the health and well being of the workers, and that child labor will be prevented. As for everything else like manufacturing and cities, it will probably stay generally the same.


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