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Joe McTaggart McTaggart 1 Expos II Natalie Elder 27 th October 2007 Why Sweat? Nicholas D. Kristof wrote an editorial in the New York Times called “Let Them Sweat,” which argues the necessity of sweatshops in third world countries. Kristof tries to convince his audience that sweatshops are needed in third world countries for many reasons. Kristof states reasons like, sweatshops provide jobs for people who can not find jobs anywhere else, sweatshop jobs are the last hope for poverty stricken families, and sweatshops bring stability and economic growth to the world’s poorest nations. Most Americans today would argue that these American businesses should be held liable to pay a reasonable wage, held liable to provide a healthy environment, and they should be held liable to provide minimum standards that American’s are provided with here in the United States. In addition, American businesses should not be allowed to take advantage of the ignorance of these poverty stricken families and continue to make remarkable profits off of the pain and suffering of sweatshop workers. Although I realize why Kristof thinks sweatshops could help these third world countries, I contest Kristof’s claims for three reasons. The first reason is that sweatshops are not the only hope for children and adults. The second reason is that Kristof argues that the environment and conditions in sweatshops are acceptable when there not. Lastly, the extremely low pay is not suitable for these jobs to be the first step on life’s escalator.
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Working at a hazardous job such as sweatshops to help out their families is far from the last hope for the children of third world countries. For example, children should be making an attempt at an education, which would drastically help these families slowly McTaggart 2 migrate away from poverty. Kristof interviewed children who have little to no education and do not know of anything in this world other than what they observe in front of them everyday. By doing so, he really caught the emotional appeal to his audience. For instance, Kristof interviews a kid named Ahmed, who dropped out of school in the second grade to earn $2 a day hunched over a loom. Kristof states that if Americans opposing sweatshops, “The American campaign against sweatshops could make his life much more wretched by inadvertently encouraging mechanization that could cost him his job.” Does Kristof not think that if some Americans attempt to stop this chaos, we could help poor kids like Ahmad?
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