99 Discussion: Cheap Labor/ Exploited Labor

Cheap Labor/Exploited Labor

The countries of this region are overpopulated, and there is a tremendous labor surplus. Manufacturing concerns all over the world tap this cheap labor. Naturally, this reduces manufacturing jobs in our country. There is also evidence that labor in many of these countries is exploited labor; in fact, some groups argue that slavery is common.

Do you think there is anything we can or should do about this cheap labor problem? Are we, the consumers of the rich world, partly responsible for the problem? What should we do, for instance, if we discover child labor is being used to make sneakers or soccer balls? Any ideas?


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