Gallery: Is Southeast Asia the New Garment-Sweatshop Capital of the World?

Southeast Asia, sweatshops, sweatshop labor, workers rights, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, War on Want, human rights

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Thousands of migrant workers in Southeast Asia suffer “dangerously negligent” wage and workplace standards in the name of affordable fashion, according to a new report from War on Want and the Asian Immigrant Center. Workers interviewed for the study, which focuses on women who migrated to Thailand and Malaysia and within Cambodia to find work in the garment industry, frequently cited 10-hour days without overtime pay, chronic harassment, unsafe working and living environments, and below-subsistence wages. They were also prevented from organizing, taking sick leave, going outside factory grounds, or becoming pregnant. Even minor “transgressions” such as missing a day of work, arriving late, or a trip to the bathroom could result in fines and penalties.

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One Response to “Is Southeast Asia the New Garment-Sweatshop Capital of the World?”

  1. SHall says:

    I notice that you don’t mention Bangladesh where there are many garment workers & also child labour….

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