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A sweatshop in Chicago, Illinois in 1903

A sweatshop is a place where people work, that is very crowded, where the work is very hard and the place is not safe to work in. Many sweatshops are in poor countries but sweatshops are also found in rich countries, where they often have people who are new to the country working in them, or people who are not legal residents. The amount of money people are paid in sweatshops is lower than the amount paid to workers in a richer country, but is often higher than the worker would earn in their old jobs on farms, or working in manual labour. Children may also work in sweatshops. People in sweatshops often make clothes and shoes. Awareness wristbands for charities have also been made by sweatshops.

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Sweatshop-1890
A sweatshop c.1890
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Members of United Students Against Sweatshops marching in protest

Organizations working on the problem of sweatshops

  • Clean Clothes Campaign
  • International Labor Rights Fund
  • International Labour Organization
  • National Labor Committee
  • Co-op America
  • Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior
  • United Students Against Sweatshops
  • Woo Harry
  • Free the Children

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