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"I got hired at a Bangladesh sweatshop. Meet my 9-year-old boss"
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"I got hired at a Bangladesh sweatshop. Meet my 9-year-old boss"

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I got hired at a Bangladesh sweatshop. Meet my 9-year-old boss

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10-13-2013 11:12 PM
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RE: "I got hired at a Bangladesh sweatshop. Meet my 9-year-old boss"

First off child labor laws banning children from work are ridiculous and harmful. Forcing children to work in school for zero pay versus letting them choose a place to work for pay, real world experience, real world social skills, and the ability to help their family? Come on now.

As for sweat shops, this is what happens when you have cultures of obedience. These people need to unionize and demand better treatment and pay. These factories also stimulate those economies, but the people need to stand up for themselves. It isn't like these companies are forcing them at the point of a gun to work. If they are armed rebellion is in order, but these people are raised to be obedient and compliant... in general.

Learning and working are done best in free environments of choice. With advanced technologies we need less and less people at assembly lines too.

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