4.1 - Sunanta is a mother of three children who range in...

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Sunanta is a mother of three children who range in age from three to twelve. Her children are of school age, but have never set foot inside a classroom. They are instead taught the basics of life by a neighbor. The children own no toys that they did not make themselves even though their mother works in the Mattel factory located in Bangkok, Thailand, their home city. Sunanta herself is very elderly looking for her 21 years, as she is wheezing and losing her hair. Sunanta and her children are one of millions of families who are subject to working in a sweatshop in one of dozens of third world countries around the globe. No human should know what these conditions are like, and certainly no American does. We Americans are so used to the abundance of commodities that we never look twice to see where our clothes, toys, shoes, even toothbrushes, come from. The majority of the time statistics are ignored, and we go about daily life completely ignorant of the conditions under which our fellow humans are living simply to put dinner on their tables. American companies, like Mattel, Disney and Nike, take great advantage over the third world and the cheap labor the citizens of these countries provide, and a great degree of exploitation takes place. Perhaps the most sickening part of the globalization idea is the fact that exploitation of underprivileged and undereducated citizens of poorly developed third world countries takes place. Exploitation of one party by another may be defined as one party benefiting unfairly from the others sacrifice, circumstance, and misfortune, or in the case of globalization, production. This exploitation is demonstrated on many levels: from managers of overseas factories taking advantage of the poor’s situation of poverty to physically abusing the workers and not allowing them to raise their voices in retaliation. Although American mother companies do set forth regulations for plant managers (who
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are often citizens of the poverty-stricken countries themselves) the managers are not required to follow the guidelines. No one is to stop them from hiring workers who jump at the opportunity to earn twelve cents an hour, or who could otherwise become beggars, tramps and thieves (Meyers). Factory managers and the CEO’s of the mother companies themselves benefit very disproportionately when compared to sweatshop laborers. The workers desire to hold a steady job is dictated by their knowledge that they have a basic human right to subsistence. This right is what drives mothers like Sunanta to leave their
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