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Tankesley Spring 2008 Engl 1102-H2 Sweatshop Barbie In the article, “Sweatshop Barbie: Exploitation of Third World Labor ,” the author , Anton Fauk, interviews several workers in Bangkok, Thailand, and she presents her stunning statistics and facts. She begins by introducing the Mattel and Disney corporations in a light that many Americans would understand: companies which provide toys for practically every child in America. Shockingly, however, the third world citizens who are the producers of those toys are exposed to extremely harsh conditions which quickly ruin their health within a year or two of being employed by Mattel and Disney. Respiratory, back, neck, joint and hand problems erupt into full- blown disabilities, rendering the workers unemployed and with no way of supporting their families. Most of these workers are women and children, and an interview with three women, Metha, Sunanta, and Pramitwa, presents a fine example of the type of low-wage workers in third world countries. Each of the women are victim of inhumane working
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