I would not consider my life to be improved by spending my childhood working twelve hour days, six days a week to send minimal pay to my starving parents and family back home. This work creating top-brand clothing is solely for the advancement of the economy of other countries. Sweatshops were created to enhance our global marketing agenda by creating numerous amounts of product for little production pay. Before the days of international factories, rural villages around the world had simple but successful lives in family oriented agriculture work. Now being forced into our economic principles and ideas of money, families are required to send the able members to work in support of the family. Children do not get to see their families for months at a time and are subjected to strict rules of the company production; therefore the ability to leave the factory is rare. To my knowledge, education or job advancement opportunities are uncommon in sweatshops. Without education how does oneâ€™s community flourish? Maybe you should reconsider how these sweatshops are â€œimprovingâ€ lives.
Audrey Purdue is a health and exercise science major.